When The Storms Subside

And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through; how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about.

— Haruki Murakami —

When you combine the COVID-19 pandemic with the racial unrest going on in our country, none of us have ever faced a storm as intense as this one.

Throw in any personal storms you may be going through and 2020 is a year that has presented all of us an opportunity to change as noted in Murakami’s quote.

I chuckle when I hear people contest the phrase “new normal.”

Call it the “not the old normal,” if that makes it sound better.

Regardless, we have never and most likely will never again see our world change the way it has these past few months.

As Murakami notes–“When you come out of the storm(s), you won’t be the same person who walked in.”

Will the storms of 2020 strengthen you or weaken you?

It’s your choice.

Hint–your strength as a human being is directly proportionate to how much you rely on Him to guide you through the storms.

Proverbs 10:25, “When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous is established forever.” 

Isaiah 4:6, “There will be a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.” 



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