A storm can also relate to circumstances in our lives. Storms in our lives can be situational. An example of a situational storm would be getting ready to leave for work only to discover your car has a flat tire. Since your husband has the day off, he tells you to take his car. On the way to work, you get caught in traffic & end up being late. When you arrive at work, you have missed an important meeting & your boss is quite upset. An hour later you receive a phone call ... your daughter has gotten sick at school. You have to tell your boss that you need to leave work to pick up your daughter & take her home. When you go out to the parking lot, you find that your husband's car has a dent that wasn't there before.
Storms in life can also be relational. For example, a friend suddenly starts telling you she's busy every time you ask her to go shopping or have coffee with you.
We can also experience emotional storms in our lives. A close friend or family member suddenly passes away, or you lose your home in a fire, or your doctor diagnoses you with cancer.
The Bible describes a storm in Matthew 14. The disciples are in a boat on the sea of Galilee when a huge storm develops. The sky is dark, strong winds are blowing, & the waves are crashing against the sides of the boat. As if they weren't terrified enough, they suddenly see what they believe is a ghost walking toward them on the water. They began crying out in fear, but Jesus speaks to them & says "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." Peter says to Him "Lord, if it's you, tell me to come to you on the water." You know the rest. Jesus says "come," & Peter gets out of the boat & starts walking toward Jesus. The storm didn't suddenly stop when Peter got out of the boat. The sky was still dark, the strong winds were still blowing, & the waves were still crashing. When Peter realized what was happening around him, he started to sink & cried out to Jesus to help him, which of course Jesus did, saying to him "You of little faith ... why did you doubt?" What is the lesson here? Peter was not aware of the storm when he kept his eyes on Jesus. The moment he took his eyes off Jesus & focused them instead on the storm, he began to sink.
When we have storms in our lives ... any kind of storms ... we need to keep our eyes on Jesus & focus on Him only. Not on our problems or on our circumstances. Not on other people. We need to focus on Him. You may be wondering how we can do this. Of course should pray ... not only when storms enter our lives but during storm-free periods as well. Paul doesn't tell us in I Thessalonians 5 to "pray without ceasing" for no reason! We also need to memorize scriptures. Matthew tells us how immediately after Jesus was baptized, He spent 40 days/nights alone in the desert devoting Himself to prayer & fasting. Satan then brought "storms" into Jesus' life by tempting Him. How did Jesus respond? He quoted scriptures.
There are many Bible verses & passages that are good to memorize. The Book of Psalms, for example, is full of prayers that we can incorporate into our own prayer lives. I also think it is good to memorize verses & passages that describe God's goodness. The devil can't defeat us if we are focused on God's goodness. Psalm 145 is an excellent psalm to remind ourselves how good the Lord is & to throw in the devil's face : )