Recently a passenger flight had to fly near a storm in order to reach its destination. There was turbulence and fear among the passengers, but after several minutes they landed safely at the airport and do you know what happened on the plane when it landed safely? Everyone on board broke out in celebration. People applauded and hugged the passengers near them. There was no more fear, only joy. In this life, we will face storms and turbulence but one thing we shouldn't neglect to do is celebrate after the storm.
It's no surprise the reaction of the passengers; it's only natural to celebrate once you realize you have made it through a scary experience. The passengers were so thankful to be on the ground, alive with no problems or issues. They applauded the pilots for getting them to the ground safely. Oftentimes in life when we pass through storms we can forget to celebrate and applaud our Pilot.
"Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heaven!
Praise him for his mighty works;
praise his unequaled greatness!
Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn;
praise him with the lyre and harp!
Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;
praise him with strings and flutes!
Praise him with a clash of cymbals;
praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!
Praise the Lord!" (Psalm 150)
The storms of life can leave us feeling beaten and drained. Sometimes it takes all the power we have within us just to get up and face the day after passing through a difficult storm—a spouse walks out, the cancer comes back, a child leaves the faith, a loved one dies—but as 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us we should "be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." No matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, we should always praise our God and be thankful.
Jesus is right here with us, no matter what storm arises in our lives and yet we can be just like the disciples who were terrified of the storm when it came upon them even though Jesus was right there in the boat. They couldn't believe he was sleeping but what a good sign it is! Jesus wasn't panicked, He was in control. How do you think the passengers on the plane would have felt if the pilot came on the intercom shouting and panicking? They would have been terrified and it would have made the situation one hundred times worse! When the pilot is calm, it gives passengers confidence. Jesus was so calm he was asleep because the wind and waves obey His voice.
"When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, 'Silence! Be still!' Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, 'Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?' The disciples were absolutely terrified. 'Who is this man?' they asked each other. 'Even the wind and waves obey him!'" (Mark 4:39-41)
In this life we will have storms (John 16:33), but we travel with the one who commands the wind and waves. So praise Him in the storm and don't forget to praise Him when the storm has passed.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.