When thinking about this blog, all I could think about was the 1999 movie “Blast from the Past.” If you haven’t seen it, it follows the story of a child who was raised in a bunker in what his parents thought was a post nuclear explosion. As the child, played by Brendan Fraser, grows up and goes out into the real world, he sees the destruction, trials, and personal battles of the real world. Basically, the main thing this movie shows is that the only time that you cannot experience the storms this world has, is if you live isolated and underground. In all of that, the character was so shocked by the storms that he literally tried to help everyone in any way possible. For us who experience, see, cleanup, and hold on through many storms in this life, we are often quick to want to be in our “bunkers.”
When storms come around us and those close to us, there is one of two natural reactions: fight or flight.
In times of struggle we can either knuckle up and go head first into the storm or run and dive head first into the security of our personal bunkers. One thing I have learned is that when you are in a storm, the easiest thing to do is to run. Run fast and run early. When we are running from the storms of life and go into isolation, we not only isolate ourselves from pain, but we isolate ourselves from those around us who are also in the storm.
As James 5:16 states
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
I have been guilty of running and hiding and not facing the storm and trying to wait it out with my tail between my legs. As months went by and I opened my eyes to see if the storm had finally passed, I realized that the wreckage had been shared by others who were fighting the same thing.
As we all go through the storms, there are those who can be there and pick us up. When we knuckle and face the storm, we find that there are others who are there with us. When a community experiences storms, that is when we must come together. As we see in James, when we come together it allows not only for us to bear one another’s burdens, but allows us to help those around us heal. When we go into the storms of life hand and hand with brothers and sisters, we can see the clear skies coming with much more patience and grace. Let us be more like the character of the movie and want to help those around us even though we may have no idea what they are going through. My hope is that we as a community will continue to lean into the storms with each other, pray and see the grace of clear skies and glory of God.