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Strong winds of between 60 – 70mph have been beating the South of England this morning. I woke up in the night and had a look out the window to check everything was still standing.
And as I did, a thought came to me that if I was well prepared for the stormy winds, I would be sleeping still, and not peeping out of the window.
That led me to ask myself, how do I prepare for the storms of life? Indeed, How does one prepare for the storms of life…and of marriage?
Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift or firm remain?
-Priscilla Owens 1882
The answer is found in the chorus to that hymmn.
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Stedfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love
You need to fasten things down securely if you want to be able to sleep through the storms of life and this is best done before the storms come. The best place to tie things down is in Jesus Christ. When our life, our faith, our hope and our marriages are fastened to Jesus Christ, then we will be in a better position to sleep through the storm.
The story below describes what happens when you prepare for the storm by tieing things down –
Years ago a farmer who owned land along the Atlantic seacoast constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic because of the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals.
Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer. “Are you a good farmhand?” the farmer asked him.
“Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered the little man.
Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer was well satisfied with the man’s work.
Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, “Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!”
The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows..”
Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, the doors were barred, the shutters were tightly secured, everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away.
The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed to also sleep while the wind blew.
Story source: http://www.crossroad.to/Victory/stories/wind-blows.htm