by PASTOR MICHAEL CISLER
North Kent Bible Church
Our late winter and early spring have been very interesting this year. We had very little snowfall in February and record-breaking highs for March temperatures. Yet, April has brought its usual strong storms. Last week I picked up sticks for about 30 minutes following the strong winds that came through. Some have been awakened in the night from the thunder and lightening. Even as I write this, it is dark and rainy outside. These dark days and violent storms that come through are a lot like life itself.
We can have large periods of time, months, years, even decades when most everything is going very well. However, all of that can change so quickly. Health issues can arise in our lives, the lives of our parents, or worse yet, the lives of our children. A steady job with a steady income can be lost overnight, or over the course of a three-minute visit to somebody’s office. Life itself can be lost in an instant. These storms of life and others like them are real and they affect people in our community often.
This is the part where I include a Bible verse that ties it all up so it’s rainbows at the end. Well, the truth is, sometimes these storms last a long time and life is really hard. Please don’t get me wrong, I believe that the Bible is God’s Word and that it speaks to our lives in real ways. I believe, and have experienced, that a single verse, or even a few words from a verse, can give us hope, encouragement, strength, and can help us face these storms of life for another day (e.g. Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me).
I also believe that as Christians, there is almost always more that we can do. Offering a Scripture verse can be a great blessing to individuals as they traverse the storms of life. How much more of a blessing to offer the Scripture AND spend time with them, listening to them, sitting with them, being with them, helping physically when we can, or praying with them… with each other?
Hopefully as we encounter life’s storms we will rely on God and those people He has put in our lives. As you are that support for those who are in times of difficulty, give of the strength and hope that God has given you, not only in word but in deed and in your time with them as well.