Are you in the midst of one of life's storms? Loss of a loved one. Troubled marriage. Child gone wild. Betrayed. Depressed. Life in this world sends storms. If you live long enough, you will go through at least one or two. If you try to navigate the storm on your own, your ship will break apart. Even if you survive it, you will never be whole. Never be complete.
If you turn to God to help you in the storm, you'll find Him waiting with a strong extended hand to lift you up out of the angry waves. You'll find the strength to endure it, for He will lend you His. You'll find comfort, for He'll wrap you in his arms. You'll find a friend that understands completely.
"How do I do that?", you say. Get a Bible, get alone and read and pray. The Psalms are a great resource. And a concordance can guide you to verses that speak to your plight. But it is in how you read where the help lies. Take just one or two verses at a time. Read them. Pray about them. Be honest and don't be afraid. Then read them again. Listen and be still. Let God's Holy Spirit have a chance to speak to your heart. Confess any sin on your part that He points out. Thank Him and praise Him for any comfort you receive. Ask Him for clarification and direction. Don't be afraid to question Him. Honesty is key, as He already knows the truth of your thoughts, intentions, pain, hopes, etc.
Go to Him often. Even when you hurt too much to word a prayer. Just go to Him and be still and let your heart speak for you. The Holy Spirit will pray for you. And don't give up! Keep at it, even if it takes weeks or month's for the storm to subside.
Along the way, keep you eyes open for changes, for answers to your prayers. Never neglect to thank Him and praise Him for even the "smallest" answer. You'll find yourself growing and changing. Becoming a salted seaman.
When the storm is over, whether it ends the way you imagined or not, you'll find a peace and know a way to proceed. Don't keep it to yourself. Share it. There are others experiencing a storm who need an Anchor that will hold.
At some point down the road, you'll look back on your time in the storm. With a twist on Dickens, you'll realize "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Because, you'll find you cherish that close, personal relationship you had with the Lord. It will stand out like a bright beacon in your mind's eye and be a treasured memory of your heart. The God of the Universe took the time and care to hold you in His hand! Even though you'd never choose to go through that storm again, it will be a treasured, sweet memory in your soul.
The closest thing I could find to Bro. Eric's version