Storms: We all have them.
What happens when we experience storms?
ONE, we reprioritize what is really valuable and important.
Things that seemed important, are no longer.
People we took for granted, are no longer.
Storms have a way of putting back in proper order things that are proper.
TWO, we find out who our real friends are.
As Oprah Winfrey once said, “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”
THREE, we stop talking about God and start talking to Him.
David spends the first part of Psalm 23 talking about God, but when he gets to the valley that has death shadows blocking the sun, he starts talking to God.
FOUR, many times it is during storms where we discover super natural strength.
The apostle Paul writes, “…suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character, and character hope.”
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote,
“All that is gold does not glitter
not all those who wander are lost
the old that is strong does not wither
deep roots are not reached by the frost
From the ashes a fire shall be woken
a light from the shadows shall spring
renewed shall be blade that was broken
the crown less again shall be king.”
The storms and floods that have hit Sahel Academy in Niamey, Niger will not have the last word.
It will rise back up, rebuild and become an even brighter beacon of hope.
It will rise back up, rebuild and train a greater generation to share the love and grace of Jesus.
It will rise back up, rebuild and reach a country whose median age is 15.
It will rise back up, rebuild and heal the broken-hearted and will set those held captive by religion free.
Our prayers are with you and for you!
God bless all the teachers and faculty.
Please do not give up, for there is a great reward.