leadership factors

andrew smith

Rev. Andrew Smith
STORM AND CALM

As I write this I’m looking out of the window at the Atlantic Ocean. The view is incredible on a beautiful but cold Saturday afternoon in November. The scenery is quite breathtaking and I can see for miles ahead here on the Shetland Islands.

The crazy thing is that yesterday a violent storm was blowing so hard here that all flights from the Scottish mainland was cancelled and all passengers had to be put in nearby hotels and try again 24 hours later.

As I landed in beautiful conditions earlier today it almost seemed impossible to imagine the storm-like conditions the previous day.

As I looked out on the idyllic surroundings a scripture came forcibly to mind from Isaiah 43 :

” Do not fear, for I have redeemed you. I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.
When you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned.
For I am the Lord your God. ”

Reality is that storms come and go. It’s never pleasant having to go through one but the good news is they do not last forever.
For those reading this today and you’re in the middle of a storm, a never-ending tornado : be encouraged that it will not last forever.
Breakthrough is coming and you will see a better tomorrow.

Stay focused on Jesus and understand that even in your darkest day… He journeys with you and has promised never to leave you or let you go.

So for those in the eye of a storm today be encouraged – it will not last forever.
There are better days ahead!

As the Psalmist once said, ” Weeping endures for a season, but joy comes in the morning”.

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