Trusting God In The Storm

A man and his dog standing by the beach during a storm.

Photo by Janaka Sampath

We all know what it feels like to get caught in a storm. Regardless of where you live, it’s never a good experience and can be damaging and traumatic. The storm always brings loss and tragedy. Let’s learn how to trust God even while you’re hit with the storms of life.

It’s always terrifying to witness floodwater rising to the point of drowning, not to mention the debris and possible diseases carried by the dirty water, which can infect anyone injured. The effort to survive through it all is draining enough for a person, leaving them breathless amid the raw brutality.

Our struggles are similar to natural storms that come and go. That doesn’t mean it’s not any less complicated and scary. Those moments where we don’t know where to seek help are the worst. That is also when we need to seek God and be under his care because He’s the only one with the power to protect us from the storm. We must decide whether to rely on God or our pride to get through anything on our own.


Where Is God When We Need Him?

Everyone going through stormy weather in this life would mostly feel like they are alone, and it seems like no one cares. Despite the circumstances surrounding us, the light always comes after the dark. Hanging by a thread may not feel great, but God is the rope we can hold on to.

  • With Him, you won’t be lost.
  • You are safe in the palm of His hand even when the storms come crashing.
  • He already saw the battery before it reached your life.
  • God has provided everything you need even before you ask.
  • Nothing can take you away from the hand of God.

If you still don’t feel confident in God’s mercy and love, try reading the book “God Cares, But Do We?” by Kwaku Mensah. It contains eye-opening words that reassure your once declining faith in God. Our fiery faith can be instantly snuffed out by the strong winds of trials and struggles, so we must bring back that spark.


The Impossible Task Of Trusting

When storms arrive and destroy everything in their path, it can be impossible to trust the Lord’s protection and provision for a moment. It’s hard to see through the wind and water. That’s why endurance is the way people cope without certainty. We all have our fair share of disasters that make us sob our hearts out on the pillow. Asking God why this is happening is normal, and like the cliché saying goes, everything happens for a reason. And that reason will be revealed by God in time if we choose to remain in Him.

The bigger the storm, the better the Lord can show His grace, mercy, and love. A soul battered by too many challenges will stand tall in the face of tragedy. It’s necessary to go through all that and be stripped away of all the things we relied on so that we can only hold onto God and His promises because He never fails; he always comes through.


What You Should Do To Trust The Lord

Sometimes, the thought of God being in the middle of it still won’t encourage your heart to put absolute trust in His power, which is fine. You can take these words of advice and recall them when doubt creeps into your soul.

  • Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable in front of God. He knows your struggles and the turmoil you’re in, and He’s just waiting for you to voice it out for Him to hear. Feeling emotions like hurt, sadness, anger, and bitterness is acceptable. It’s also okay to ask God why inevitable storms crashed into your life.
  • God hears every plea in prayer, and He answers all of them in due time. He may not always give it right away or whenever we want to, and the way we want it. But He always does.
  • Go pick up your Bible and spend time meditating on His word. The Bible contains many promises and words of encouragement.
  • Surrender it all to Him. Things won’t always go your way, and moments are beyond anyone’s control. The best thing to do is hand everything over to God; He’ll do the rest.
  • Even if you don’t feel Him at all times, continue to seek Him, pray without ceasing, and connect with Him.

On the Process of Losing Faith

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Despite what most of us believe, and as much as we hate to admit it, our faith, no matter how strong, will bow down if there is a force strong enough to do so.

It doesn’t even have to be a single force. In fact, it is very rare for a singular force to break our belief system. Rather, it is the small aggressions that chip away at our faith. When compounded, they might become forces our belief system could not withstand.


Then we lose our faith. Our whole belief system is turned into one big mess, and we are confused about what to do and where to hold on to. Sometimes this loss in faith can be so profound that some of us will also experience a loss in direction or even disillusionment. Many will do things that they wouldn’t have thought they would do or do something that they are sure to regret. Such a catastrophic experience will often lead to depression, loneliness, or anger. One could even say that losing faith is almost precisely the same as a breakup or a death of a loved one.


In God Cares, But Do We? book on find your faith by Kwaku Mensah, there is a part that details how people can learn from their mistakes and understand life better. This loss of faith can be one of those challenges. In such challenges, how we adapt to our new situation will be vital in finding out our identity. It makes us see the world with fresher eyes; with some distance, we can see and learn from our mistakes.


Then we realize that the loss of faith does not necessarily mean losing it forever. Instead, it is a chance for our beliefs to evolve or mature. It is a chance for a mature reappraisal of our faith. It is also a chance to reevaluate our faith with a more realistic standard.


Sure, it is complicated to reconcile our belief in a loving all-merciful, and all-powerful God when we have just suffered a tragedy that can be life-altering. In such situations, it is very easy to let go and walk away from everything we believe in.


Even then, that choice would be the wrong one to make. Just as in a breakup, where it is not advisable to find a rebound partner when the event is still fresh, it is also very in times of weaker or loosening faith to find another belief system and to try and carry on with life. This approach is not advisable. Instead, it would be much better to give yourself time to think things through and take stock of everything that has happened so far.


Self-reflection is the name of the game whenever these things happen. With proper self-reflection comes change. Most of the time, the person who comes out from this change is more capable than before. He might be capable of building stronger foundations that can last a lifetime.


So how do we cope with the loss of our faith?


Well, the first thing to do is to do the usual of acknowledging what happened. This acknowledgment that something is wrong should always be the first step. Patience is key when figuring things out, especially when uncertainty hangs over the head for such sudden disbelief in the things you once believed in.


Allow yourself to grieve. It might sound weird, but what you are experiencing right now is similar to losing someone close to you. In fact, you can even consider that it is something worse than that. It is the loss of self, a loss of personality. One can compare it to a part of you dying. And it is for this very reason that you should allow yourself to grieve, including the significant stages of grieving: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.


Sharing your thoughts can also help alleviate the pain that you are suffering. However, sharing your idea with not just anybody but with the right person is essential. Talk to someone compassionate and trustworthy. Most of all, talk to someone who is willing to listen and does not impose their own beliefs on you.


The loss of faith is nothing new. Thousands of people experience this dilemma every day. This doesn’t mean that your situation is relevant. In fact, it is the opposite. It means that you are one of the brave people who are undergoing a considerable challenge that may have a very profound impact on their lives. It is important to know that you are not alone in this fight.

Being Our Brother’s Keeper to Honor God’s Love

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After Adam and Eve, the Holy Bible talks about two more people in Genesis. These people are their children, Cain and Abel, and their tragic tale is known to everybody. Cain, the older brother, is a farmer who tills the land. Meanwhile, the younger brother, Abel, is a shepherd who guards his flock. Both of them were asked by God to offer the fruits of their labor to him. However, God only accepted Abel’s tribute and not Cain’s. This led to jealousy in Cain’s heart, and because of this, he did the unthinkable. He took stone to Abel’s head and killed his brother. Upon the deed being done, God asked Cain where his brother was, to which he replied, “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?” He was not, and ironically, those words he uttered came to mean that we are indeed responsible for the welfare of our brothers.

“Am I my Brother’s Keeper?” these words spoken by Cain before his banishment and punishment by God are now one of our defining missions on earth. God created us in His likeness, and despite our imperfections, he still loves us. The selfless love on God Cares book by Kwaku Mensah is precisely this kind of love. In that book that talks about God’s love, we should ask ourselves, “Are we deserving of God’s love?” “How can we honor that love?” and “How do we become our brother’s keeper?” Isn’t it ironic that the Father Himself does not discriminate between the sinners and the saint, and yet we, His children, not only are selective of who we love, but we even choose to deprive others of this love? Or is it exactly our being human that limits our ability to love each and everyone like the Holy Father does?

Being Our Brother’s Keeper

It would be a shame if we let our limitations stop us from fulfilling God’s given mission to us. It might be a worthwhile endeavor, after all, to try our hand at fulfilling this specific mission. There should be a reason why God bestowed this mission to us. But how do we start?


 Respecting the existence of one another might be an excellent place to start in fulfilling this mission. With respect, we begin to create an understanding with one another. Sure, we may be separated by many things; race, creed, faith, and beliefs, but it does not mean that we cannot get along. By respecting one another, we allow an avenue for a conversation. Once we follow through with this conversation, we begin to see that despite these differences, we are more likely the same. We start to learn that we all share the same human experience. We can finally understand the true meaning of “being created in the image and likeness of God.”


Love will grow once we begin to understand and respect each other. Of course, this does not mean romantic love but brotherly love. This is the kind of love where we preserve and grow the respect that we have for each other. This is also about honoring one another and not breaking that mutual respect. Thus, we must devote ourselves to the honor of care of our brothers. That means being able to talk to one another and understanding where each of us is coming from. Being able to share stories, jokes, or even a meal with one another is also a way to show this brotherly (or sisterly) love.

This love, however, must come from the right place. It must be genuine; otherwise, it will bear no fruit. If this love does not have a strong enough foundation, it will crumble at the slightest squabbles. As such, this love must be genuine, humble, and sympathetic.


To serve your brother is to be there for them whenever they need you. To maintain and fulfill our oath of being our brother’s keepers, we must constantly look out for each other. This is already covered in love; thus, love and service are intrinsically linked with each other. After all, we cannot maintain our love if we cannot help each other. We also cannot openly and genuinely serve if our service does not come from a place of love.

Being our brother’s keeper is one way of honoring God and showing our gratitude for the love he has granted us. We must remember that God created us in His image and likeness. We must also remember that inside us dwells the Holy Spirit. As such, being our brother’s keeper is also being in service to God and glorifying him.


Being Kind To Yourself is Being Kind To Others

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People have seemed to reach the generation where it’s easier to “cancel” someone and hop onto someone’s hate train in a snap than trying to understand them and the situation. It seems as though the world has entered a time where the art of empathy is lost.

People have lost the ability to share the feelings of another. They have reached the time when it has gotten difficult to understand and put oneself in another’s shoes and learn to see the situation through their perspective. However, the problem isn’t hopeless. It’s been said that empathy can be learned and that people can learn to be empathetic even to those they barely know.

But how? – Kindness.

Kindness is an essential factor in empathy. When people are kind, they can better pay attention and understand someone’s experience and emotions. Hence, to be more empathic, one needs to be kind. But why is there a need for people to be empathic or kind to others? There are many reasons to do so, but the most apparent reason is that it makes the world a better place to live in, not just for others but for oneself. According to author Kwaku Mensah, the root of all suffering is the mistreatment of men and women by their fellow men.

The best thing to do to be kinder to others is to be kinder to oneself first. When people aren’t kind to themselves, it’s easy to displace anger or any negative emotion they’re feeling toward others. This results in their unpleasant way of socially reacting to situations with others. Let’s consider some of the ways to avoid this.

Being easy to yourself

People say, “you are your worst critic and enemy.” People are the hardest on themselves. They expect the best from themselves and will typically constantly nit-pick their hard work. While doing so, they rarely show any appreciation or praise for their work despite doing their best.

People should learn to stop trying to be perfect because while they may not know or notice it about themselves, they are already perfect in their ways. Additionally, being easy on themselves means they need to find the sweet spot between striving and acceptance. Learn to discover and accept ceilings – their limits, the point where they’ve already done their best. Likewise, despite learning to accept limitations, they shouldn’t limit themselves and settle, especially if they know they can still do better. While accepting where their limits are, people should still strive to grow as individuals continuously.

Treating yourself

Nothing can soothe and uplift one’s spirits better than a good treat. Let’s face it, spending can be abused and can lead to highly destructive behavior. But if done correctly, spending a little on oneself can become the best self-care. After achieving something, people who buy things for themselves appreciate themselves and acknowledge their hard work.

Reminding yourself of your good qualities

In line with being their worst critic, when people look at themselves, it can be pretty easy to highlight the things they dislike about themselves rather than the great things they have. People should learn to lift themselves – rather than depending on someone for validation. It’s best if they do it to themselves first. It’s common sense that everyone is unique, and while it can be easy to feel insecure or a little jealous about others – and it’s completely valid to feel that way – one should learn to believe that they are enough in their way. 

Respecting yourself

Now that people have learned to remind themselves of how great they are, they should learn not to let others dictate their worth. Instead, they need to trust themselves and make their own decisions. They should refuse to compare themselves to others and learn to respect and know their values. This means they need to be true to themselves and their identity – prioritize themselves and what makes them happy. People should listen less to what people say about them in line with knowing their worth. Most of the time, they get discouraged about what makes them happy because others tell them so. “You shouldn’t do that,” or, “Why are you like that” – these sentiments should be ignored, and people should only work on figuring themselves out.

Learning to say no

When people stop saying yes to doing the things they don’t want to do, they create more time and energy to do the activities and be with people that make them happy. In saying no to things, especially those that make them uncomfortable, they’re drawing a boundary. This can make others know how to respect and treat them better. Therefore, learning to say no isn’t just people being kind to oneself; it’s also teaching others to be kind to them, which is equally important.

Before one makes any relationship with others, they first need to make a decent relationship with themselves. Before they can go out and become a good person to others, they need to make sure that they’re a good person to themselves.