Peter and the disciples are in a boat at sea. They jumped in the boat pumped!

They witnessed Jesus feeding more than five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish. Can you imagine the awe and laughter from the men as they made their way across the sea with their personal souvenirs (the remaining food) as evidence of such a wonderful evening?

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I can hear them talking over one another recounting the story again, as if they all had not witnessed the same miracle. But the joy of their very special picnic was quickly pushed aside as a bad storm disrupted their cheerful banter.

The men would weather this storm for many hours. The waves crashing into their boat. The winds nearly overturning them under its force. Yet they had no choice but to endure since they were too far out to return to the shore.

What would they do? 

[shareable cite=”Jesus”]Don’t be afraid. Take courage. I am here![/shareable]

Can you help me out here?

I need your assistance to draw this illustration a little closer to your heart.

Call to mind your most recent “storm”. It could be in your career, your family, your ministry.

A job scare.

A health battle.

A dilemma with your family.

Now place it HERE.

Your circumstance is like the storm in this story. And you were sitting in the boat. Laughing, enjoying life. Excited about the road ahead. But then an unexpected storm threatened to overtake you. It threatened to disrupt and derail your dream…

Did it succeed?

Midwife Moment: Gather Your Lessons

Your method of engagement is your decision. But I challenge you. Do something!

Revisit your “storm”.

  • How has it shaped you?
  • How has it changed you?
  • How did you respond?
  • Did your response honor God?

Grab a journal. Open a New Note. Reach for a pen and paper.

Write your responses. Then conclude your journaling with this statement…

“The lesson I learned is [insert your lesson]. As a result,
I will [insert how you will engage the lesson from this
moment forward].”

Storms are inevitable. They will come. They will go. The key is taking a moment to evaluate the lessons and determine who you want to be as a result.

[shareable cite=”Dana Pittman”]The key to a storm is NOT the storm but the lessons we learn.[/shareable]

What is the best lesson you learned from a “storm”? [reminder]

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