This past week, I got some real-life experience with something I thought I never would: a hurricane. While on our family vacation, Hurricane Isaias came through town. We were able to watch the storms move in a circular pattern in the sky, see the winds cut across the water in bursts of spray, and hear the waves crash higher and higher. At times it was a little scary, but the locals put us at ease and reassured us that it wasn’t going to be bad.
Some of these locals were a little more daring than others, taking to the ocean for some kite surfing. It was amazing to watch these athletes let the winds pick up their kites and move them across the waves, sometimes being air-born for minutes. Instead of being fearful of the impending storm, they used it to their advantage, harnessing the power of the wind to find some enjoyment. They were not letting the inevitable storm scare them into hiding, but were instead standing in the midst of it and using the power of the storm to transform them from ordinary observers to extraordinary athletes.
Since coming home and thinking back on this, I have had a few questions running through my mind: When the storms of life come crashing on the shores of my world, how do I respond? Am I a scared observer, or an athlete ready to harness the storm? Do I let God transform me through the storm, or hold on for dear life to the world I knew before the storm? My prayer for all of you this week is that you will harness the winds of whatever storm you are in right now, and let God transform you through it.