January 26, 2011

Observations #5

Introduction: Do you ever find yourself making odd observations about things you encounter in life? For example: why do you drive on a parkway and park in a driveway? Or, why must women have their mouths stretched wide open while putting on their mascara? And as odd as these observations may seem, they often present a good point. The following is an observation from the story of Noah and the Ark.

Storms Are Better Than Deserts

One of the most disheartening things as a pastor is witnessing people throw in the towel when times get rough. It’s so sad to see people bail on God, when the God they are in need of is right before them, many times within the storm. I find that many have come to faith in God for hopes of a life without problems, although such life doesn’t exist. In fact as long as you’re living there will always be problems.

The problem is, many people are unaware of what they are wishing for in a life without storms. Think about it, a life without storms is simply a desert. For it’s the storms that bring excitement, definition, beauty and color to the lives we are living. More importantly, storms bring life! Not to mention, storms come to an end, while deserts remain a lifetime.

Just know that many of your greatest traits and characteristics are by products of the storms you have faced. For example; up until recently moving to Oklahoma I lived in Minnesota for 6 years. And there are things I love about Minnesota and things I can’t stand about Minnesota. For example I love Minnesota as the “The Land of 10,000 Lakes,” but I can’t stand the countless snowstorms during the freezing winters. And as much as I wish I could have one without the other, I can’t. For without the snowstorms there would be no “Land of Lakes.” The same goes for you and the life you’re living. To experience life to it’s fullest, while reaching your God given potential, you’re going to have to go through storms. Or you can spend the rest of your life living in a desert, where abundant life doesn’t exist.