Storms By Any Name


I lived in Maryland for most of my life. During that time there has been a number of devastating storms that have passed through the state. “You can call it Agnes, or you can call it Eloise, or you can call it David, or you can call it Gloria, or you can call it Fran. You can call it Floyd, or call it Isabel, or you can call it Frances, Ivan or Jeanne.” Indeed, you can call those storms any name you want, but the end result was the same; devastation to the lives of those who were in it’s path.

I remember well a number of those storms. Agnes came in my childhood and I have pleasant memories attached, while others from adulthood have ravaged the home and property that I have owned. Storms come into our lives in so many different ways. They are both physical and spiritual. You can call them poverty, or you can call them disease, or you can call them abuse, or you can call them depression, or you can call them disappointment. You can call them neglect, or you can call them loneliness, or you can call them death. Yes, no matter what you call them, they bring devastation into the lives of those they visit. Hurricanes, tornados and such are a common part of this existence. No one will escape the storms of mortal life be they physical or spiritual. This might seem depressing! However, I take great comfort in the words of the Savior. Found in Luke are these inspiring words:

“Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock” (Luke 6:47-46).

It is important to note that the Savior used this analogy because He knew that storms would beat upon our houses. He didn’t promise “exclusion” because we were faithful, He just promised us that our “houses” would stand the pounding of the winds and rains. The next verse speaks of those that “heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the steam did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell: and the ruin of that house was great” (vs. 49).

I don’t know much about building a house. But I do know that building a solid foundation is fundamental in supporting the house. Note also that the Savior said something else about foundations. He said they needed to be “digged deep” (vs. 48). The spiritual foundation of our lives need to be “digged deep” so that the storms of this life will not shake our homes from their foundation. Let us dig deep, by reading the inspired words of the prophets. Let us find the time to meditate and ponder on life. Let the Lord have a moment in our lives. Give him the opportunity to inspire and uplift us.If we have a solid foundation, nothing will shake us from my testimony. Let us have faith in the promises of the Lord.

“And if thou art faithful unto the end thou shalt have a crown of immortality, and eternal life in the mansions which I have prepared in the house of my Father.”

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