Overcoming Life’s Storms

This winter California has once again endured some extreme weather, and at times, some heavy rain and wind. In the midst of wind, rain, and at higher elevations, snow and ice, everything from plants to buildings have taken a beating. Roofers have long waiting lists of customers, carpet and flooring companies are making repairs following water damage, and the list goes on. Come the heat of the summer though, and most of us will quickly forget the cold, wet winter. In life, we would like it to be so easy too. We would like to forget the emotional storms and move on into the “sunshine” of our lives.

For one young man, he did just that. He overcame failure and persevered. When he was seven years old, his family was forced out of their home on a legal technicality, and he had to work to help support them. At age nine, his mother died. At twenty-two, he lost his job as a store clerk. He wanted to go to law school, but his education wasn’t good enough. At twenty three, he went into debt to become a partner in a small store. At twenty-six, his business partner died, leaving him a huge debt that took years to repay. At twenty-eight, after courting a girl for four years, he asked her to marry him. She said no. At thirty-seven, on his third try, he was elected to Congress, but two years later he failed to be re-elected. At forty-one, his four-year-old son died. At forty-five, he ran for the Senate and lost. At forty-seven, he failed as the vice-presidential candidate. At forty-nine, he ran for the Senate again and lost. At fifty-one, he was elected President of the United States. His name was Abraham Lincoln, a man many consider to be a great leader. Lincoln persevered, despite his disappointments, and overcame adversity.
May we rely upon God’s strength and guidance to help us overcome life’s storms. May we find the strength and courage to persevere in doing good and serving God.

Wading through the water,

Karen