I have often heard the saying, “You are going into a storm, going through a storm, or coming out of a storm.” The truth is that we really do not like any parts of storms—before, during, or after. As hard as we pray and prepare for storms to leave us alone, we still find ourselves dealing with them in some manner. Since stormy situations are inevitable, let’s take a look at a particular storm to help equip us to navigate stormy situations. Luke 8:22-25 is a good place to start:
"Now it happened, on a certain day that Jesus got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, 'Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.' And they launched out. But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, 'Master, Master, we are perishing!' Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, 'Where is your faith?' And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, 'Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!'"
The disciples were afraid and cried out to Jesus in the mist of the stormy situation, and the Master woke up and calmed the storm and then challenged their faith.
If you or a loved one is experiencing fear in the midst of the stormy situations of homelessness and alcohol or drug addiction, don’t give up! Do as the disciples did when they cried out to Jesus, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Jesus can turn your stormy situations into stories of hope and healing. Jesus will get you to the other side of the pain and suffering just keep the faith in Him! It may seem strange but God is working it out and is with you according to Romans 8:28; 38-39:
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (28)."
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (38-39)."
Because we are the hands and feet of Jesus, Star of Hope exists as a shelter of love, hope and healing to help you navigate stormy situation.