When was the last time that you had turmoil in your life? Many of us are currently going through trials, tribulations, and testings. Some might be battling an illness, or a lack of employment. Others might be encountering children that have fallen away from their upbringing. Whatever the situation, the winds of life blow, and blow they may. I have been in such a mindset that when these winds blow and the water knocks against the hull of my life, I tend to command the storm to cease. We see in the Gospels that Jesus commanded the storm to be gone as if it never even occurred. We can speak Peace to the storms of life, but the bigger question is "What are you learning from the storms of life?"
I grew up on 40 acres in eastern Shelby County Kentucky. My neighbor, Mr. McCurdy, had a small farm pond at the bottom of the hill. We used to canoe, swim, fish, and shoot snapping turtles in that pond. One thing I never saw on that little farm pond were white caps. The pond sat smack dab in the valley, where any wind that blew, just went right over top of the water. This was not good, as the algae would build up so thick on top of the pond, that we couldn't even fish. If we managed to find a spot to dip our line, it was constantly getting hung up with pond scum that had acccumulated under the surface. Mr. McCurdy tried everything to keep that pond clean. He would roll hay bails into it (Supposedly that was supposed to do the trick) as well as chemicals. Nothing worked. Natures way of keeping the water churned up was not available, because the pond sat down so far in the valley, the water grew stagnant.
The moral of this story is that sometimes we throw a pity party for ourselves when things are rough in our lives. The wind is blowing and the waves are lapping. We can tend to get in a stupor about oh poor pitiful me. When in actuality, it just might be that you are to have your water churned up. Maybe, just maybe, you are meant to learn something through this and not grow stagnant. God does not give you patience, but rather something to be patient about. If you pray for your family to grow closer, don't be surprised when God gives you opportunities for your family to grow closer. These situations might not be the most comfortable, but God has a plan. I would much rather encounter the storms of life, and learn wisdom along the way, then grow so complacent that the waters never churn.
Do you have white caps in your life, and are you rejoicing that you are able to be shaken up a bit? Or are you content with pond scum in your life, and no growth but mere complacency...