Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Word Up Wednesdays...After The Storm

“I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.” – Jeremiah 10:23  

Tim Duncan, who plays for the San Antonio Spurs, is a four time NBA champion and a three times MVP in the NBA Finals. But he didn’t always dream of being a basketball star. As a child, he wanted to be an Olympic swimmer, and was training hard to achieve that goal. But when he was in the 9th grade, Hurricane Hugo hit the Virgin Islands and destroyed the only Olympic size pool on the islands. Rather than giving up and spending the rest of his life talking about what he could have done if life hadn’t treated him so unfairly, Duncan turned his talents to basketball. With the same hard work and determination he had applied to swimming, he now went in this new direction-and he succeeded. And he didn’t just make a name for himself and buy more and more stuff. He established his own foundation that supports programs in education, youth sports, and health awareness. The storm redirected him in ways that proved best.

If we trust God, He will use the storms in our lives to guide us in directions that we would never have considered on our own-directions that are far better than those we think we want to go. Whether a storm is a good thing or bad thing depends on our attitude. There is always a rainbow after a storm, if we look for it.

Father, we do believe that You are in control, even when situations in our lives appear out of control. We used to think that a storm could only be bad because of the destruction is causes. But we understand now that all things work together for good to those who love You and are called according to YOUR purpose. So, God, we’re going to look for the direction in which You are guiding us by the storms in our lives knowing that You will bring us to a better place. We trust You, Father. Amen.

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