Awe… that’s how children learn Bible verses. A soft answer turneth away wrath. I know, nobody says turneth anymore – ok, in my lifetime they never did, but I was raised memorizing the King James version.
In my life there are two very important lessons I have learned. The first is, it is not WHAT you are doing that matters, but with WHOM you do it. If I didn’t have faith that God would see me through, I’d simply go mad. My faith gives me the ability to look ahead with confidence in my future.
I have also learned that I cannot control anyone but myself. One of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control. While storms rage it is my desire to find the eye of the storm, huddle down with Jesus and wait for the storm to pass. Lately it seems to be back-to-back bad weather, but with each one I gain more courage and strength. Don’t get me wrong, I do not want another storm to come along, but if (rather when) it does, I know what to do.
God is the One who can control others, but it’s up to the person to seek His way. If they don’t choose to react to bad weather with a calm resolve, there’s not a thing I can do about it. I am responsible for my response and reaction. I pray that my actions serve as an example and that others might learn from them and act likewise, but it doesn’t seem to be happening – at least not yet.
So today I thank God that I have learned how to weather a storm or two in my life. Fully trusting and relying on Him to work things out is best. Getting emotional and worked up just raises my already high blood pressure! Who needs that?