Posted by: whereintheworldismike | March 12, 2013

God’s Tender Care in any Storm

Yesterday coming from meetings and heading to a new abode (for the next two days), the wind was bitterly cold for an otherwise warm spring day. As I wrestled luggage down to the train platform, I was wishing I had the neck scarf packed in my suitcase for our trip up north later.

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This was what I saw looking down the tracks. My vision could only carry in that direction about 60-70 yards instead of the normal 500-600 yards! The putrid yellow-gray pallor told me that the wind was something I really did not want to be outside standing in. Later I heard that such winds bring serious pollution from China and have high concentrations of cancer-causing chemicals.

Life is full of such troubles and challenges. What are we to do? No one likes the discomfort and danger that seems to randomly enter our lives with too regular frequency. I myself am sometimes prone to grumble and even ask God, “Why?”

James assures us that there is meaning in our trials and the accompanying suffering.

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,

for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4 emphasis mine).

One perk for the believer who is committed to trust and obey no matter what is clear evidences of God’s presence, comfort, and help in the midst of whatever storm we find ourselves in.

On this trip as on most of them, we carry our offices around Japan with us. That adds considerably to our luggage. It is not always easy but first of all I am compelled to thank God for the health to move two suitcases and two satchels around with me.  The Japanese are wonderfully intuitive and often “other-focused” and so it was not a complete surprise but very encouraging nonetheless when the businessman offered with no word from us to switch seats with me so MJ and I could sit next to each other on the crowded bullet train up to Sendai. Before that the lodging we had stayed at for two nights allowed us to stay well past checkout and make the meeting room our twin office complete with liquid refreshments and wi-fi. We both got some urgent projects done and still left in time to catch our bullet train up north.

 It’s amazing how God gives us peace in any storm as we “lean into it” trusting his direction and care and obeying whatever he has called us to.

I’m looking forward to leading the bilingual interactive prayer meeting in Iwakiri tonight and pray God will meet us all and show us more of how wonderful he is Image

and how wonderful his love for all who hide under his wings in the storms of life.

 


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