Mark Michaels, program director at KLRC, and I talked casually before taping.
“I’ve come to the point where I’m leery of easy,” he said, as he shared his and his wife’s four-year journey to adopt a child internationally.
Two years in, the doors closed to adopting a Rwandan child they had come to love. They experienced the loss of a child, and the hope of a dream. A few months later they felt compelled to continue their adoption journey.
Maybe it would be easier this time? It should be, right?
Her name is Ruth.
A misspelled name on a document delayed the adoption by a year. Last week they finally received news that the documents were resolved, and there’s a good chance that they’ll bring home their daughter in a few months.
Mark says of his journey, “We just couldn’t give up. I can’t count easy as God’s will, for sometimes the harder places are the places where we discover how to trust God the most.”
We’ve all experienced those setbacks and storms.
It’s not unusual to want a storm-free life. That’s just natural.
In Luke 8:22-25, Jesus falls asleep in a small boat in a tempest sea, while terror-stricken disciples toss back and forth in the storm. Finally the disciples shake Jesus awake, calling out, “Don’t you care?”
A question someone like Mark might ask. A question you might have asked.
A question that I’ve held in my own heart in the midst of the storm.
My pastor said this Sunday, “If you want a storm-free life, don’t follow Jesus. In fact, don’t do anything.”
There it was again.
That same message.
We aren’t promised easy. Storms come.
We come to know Him through worship. Through the Bible. Through teaching.
But sometimes the greatest revelations come to us in our greatest storms.
“Jesus never squanders a storm,” my pastor reminded us.
What is your storm right now? What is taking place in your faith in the midst of the storm?