You’ve heard the phrase ‘the calm after the storm’ before, and if you’re alive (you’re reading this, so I’m sure you’re alive) then you’ve most probably experienced those words before. Of course there is also ‘the calm before the storm’, and that usually escapes our notice because, honestly, no one is thinking, ‘Things are really good and calm right now, something terrible must be about to happen.’
But it’s the first phrase I’m interested in, today. The calm after the storm, something the bible has a lot to say about. I think life is a series of bursts of calm preceding bursts of storms, and the cycle continues, ad infinitum. Thank God we have a manual, and an ever present help for both phases of this cycle that’s life.
The Psalmist said;
You have put us to the test, God; as silver is purified by the fire so you have tested us. You let us fall into a trap and placed heavy burdens on our backs. You let our enemies trample over us; we went through fire and flood, but now you have brought us to a place of safety. Ps 66:10-12