I had a professor in seminary who once said that a third of the people in your church are in a crisis, a third are coming out of a crisis, and a third are about to go into a crisis. I have found that to be true. Storms come to everybody. Sooner or later it rains on everybody’s parade. What do you do when you get caught in a storm? Acts 27 has a story about a storm. Everyone on board of the ship was afraid, anxious, and panicking except for one person and that was the apostle Paul. In the midst of the storm, Paul trusted God, got down on his hands and knees, and thanked God for His blessings. What a cool thing to do in the midst of the storm. You can trust God in the storms of life and gives thanks even in the darkness because of six things. 1.) God’s power to save you from the storm is greater than the storm’s power to destroy you; 2.) God has a purpose for your life bigger than the storm; 3.) God always has a beautiful future for you; 4.) God will give you the strength to make it through the storm; 5.) He will grow you through the experience of the storm if you will allow it; and 6.) There are blessings to be found in every storm, and sometimes when you look back, you might just discover that the storm itself was the blessing. In the midst of the storm, do what Paul did, trust God and give thanks.
– Dr. Tim Thompson