This month, we at Enspire have been focusing a lot on what “Home” means. This is because we are currently in the midst of our Keene Camp Meeting performance of The Journey: A Voyage Home. So, I found myself contemplating what it means to be steadfast in the storm. How can one find Home in the middle of the chaos of our daily lives?
For me, that chaos, that storm, comes in the shape of anxiety and depression, two sides of the same coin. When I am feeling anxious, my mind runs at a million miles an hour because I care so much about every little interaction, and I’m so caught up in the “what ifs” that I can’t really focus on anything at all. Then, when I’m depressed, I care about absolutely nothing and I just want to curl up in bed and stay there forever.
When I’m in my storm, I don’t feel very steadfast at all. What is your storm? Do you ever feel lost in the waves?
Recently, Psalm 11 has given me comfort. It begins with “In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, ‘Flee like a bird to your mountain,’ for behold the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart.”
What I get from that is that this world is a dangerous place. We will face storms of varying degrees every single day. And it’s not going to stop.
Psalm 11:3 tells us, “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” What do you do when your world is falling apart? What do you do when you’re lost in the waves? How do you stay steadfast even in the storm?
One thing that helps is finding people who understand. It is important to have a support system with people who can offer a shoulder to cry on even if they aren’t going through exactly the same thing.
But, also remember that people will fail you.
God really does understand the storm you are going through. In John, Jesus says, “In this world you will have trouble. But, take heart, I have overcome the world.” Jesus said this before the cross. He looked ahead beyond the suffering, and in anticipation saw the prize before the end of the game. He sees the peace before the end of the storm.
Even if you can’t. And sometimes, you won’t.
Make sure to tell God how you are really feeling, even when it feels like his promises will never come true because there will always be wind and rain and darkness.
So, how do we overcome the storm and stay steadfast? We take refuge in the Lord.
Psalm 11:4 says, “The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see.” God is in charge regardless of how bad it looks. We don’t follow God because he keeps us from evil, we follow him because he walks with us through the valley of the shadow of death, so we don’t have to be afraid in the storm.
So, we rely on God because sometimes that’s all we can do.
In this world, we will have trouble. But, we can remain steadfast in the storm because God is right there in the storm with us. He is our shelter…our sanctuary…our home.
Stephanie Wilczynski has been involved with Enspire Productions since 2009. She is pursuing a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Andrews University.