Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Storm Chasers

Though many of us do not look forward to storms, they are necessary on many levels. There are people known as "Storm Chasers" who pursue tornadoes, hurricanes, and torrential weather out of sheer fascination to observe its power. In general, the majority of us would rather the storm land anywhere but where we are.

Man people view storms as destructive, but when we realize that there are yokes that need to be broken, we will yield to those things that must be carried away. As Jesus had peace in the midst of a storm while at sea, He has given us the same ability to trust Him when things seem to be in a tumult. The Lord works miracles in the storm.

Dance ministry is not exempt from shaky times. Dancers whose sole purpose is to infiltrate the ministry and wreak havoc will be exposed during the storm. Whatever is not grounded in the Lord will eventually be uprooted. It may be more comfortable for us not to face adversity in ministry, but eventually we will appreciate the struggle and mature in ministry as a result. When those that He has called love Him, He causes all things to work together for our good.

Often in songs about storms, dancers demonstrate how to command the storm to go away. There is also a place for us to show how to endure when in the midst of them. If we are always focused on the future, we will not be able to encourage anyone to make it right now. Paul proclaimed that in whatever situation he found himself, he would be content. Ministers of movement can embrace the current truth and encourage hope to prevail. Though we rejoice about what may happen tomorrow, we should be thankful for what we face today.

Psalm 107:29 (NKJV)
He calms the storm, so that its waves are still.

Isaiah 4:6 (NKJV)
And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.

Isaiah 25:4 (NKJV)
For You have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; For the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

Nahum 1:3 (NKJV)
The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked. The LORD has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet.

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