No matter how hard we try to isolate and insulate ourselves from people and from the fallen world we live in, it is impossible to avoid the “storms of life” that frequently come our way. Jesus said, “The rain falls on the just and on the unjust.” So does all the trauma and loss and grief and sorrow and unmet expectations and disappointments and frustrations and…
So how are we to make it through what the Psalmist calls “the valley of the shadow of death.” Keep in mind, this is NOT talking about making it through the experience of our physical death, but from making it through the experience of death in a fallen world as we live. Well, Hurricane Katrina provides a very powerful statement of how. The people of Grace Life Fellowship did a lot of relief work in the cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, and also the Mississippi Gulf Coast which was hit extremely hard by that massive hurricane.
It was an eye opening experience to venture to the Gulf, and view the land stripped bare on the shore. Homes were gone! Cars were gone! Even the concrete foundations for many of those homes were gone! It was like someone swept a mighty hand across the shoreline, such as one would use their hand to sweep everything off a table.
Curiously, one thing remained… the Live Oak trees, with their large and deep root structure, had withstood the storm. Therein lies our answer. Remember what Paul said? We are to be deeply rooted in Christ… that is what will enable us to withstand the storms that seek to strip our lives bare and tear us down. Jesus can give us the power of His own life, to enable us to stand in the midst of those mighty storms of life in a fallen world. I can't help but think of the old hymn writer who cried out, "Hallelujah, What a Savior!"