I guess none of us would ask God to give us a storm, wreak havoc on our lives and cause us to have to change. We wouldn’t ask for that, but when it happens, it brings an opportunity we might never have imagined. We get to learn a lot more about ourselves, and how important it is to get a lot closer to God.
I read a quote once that I think applies to any of us who face the storms of adversity. In my own version of it, it says this: “A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner. The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean, cause us to develop our faculties, invent new skill sets, and become more determined to survive the voyage.”
When you’ve suffered a stroke, that calamity alone may just cause you to rise to a loftier purpose, to actually become more than you might have been. Adversity then pushes us past the softness of our own security and creates in us a desire to be more of what God designed us to be.”
That’s what I’m learning each day. God has pushed me and I’ve had to adapt to my new life. I can never go back, and quite honestly I don’t really want to. Yes, I have to learn to compensate for my lack of peripheral vision when I drive the car. I have to make sure I only fill my coffee cup half way so that my trembling left hand won’t give me away. I’ve learned that my fine motor skills are simply not what they used to be, and I’m okay with that.
Days of adversity are not over, but I know how to weather the storms. I know where to go when I’m a little bit shaky because I know the One who made the ocean and can calm the seas, even those that are fears in my heart.
God knows your level of adversity too and he won’t let anything happen to you. Just call on Him every day and He’ll be your life raft.
You rule the raging of the sea;
When its waves rise, You still them.
Psalm 89:9, NKJV