My friend, may I ask you a question? When the storms of life squeeze us into anxious wrecks, when they invade our lives, and all of us will experience them, can we rise above them by setting our minds and belief toward God?

My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

When I was a little boy we used to have an old-fashioned wringer washing machine. This was an early type of washing machine in which you had to hand feed the freshly washed clothes through a pair of moving rolling pins to squeeze the extra water out before drying. I often wondered how those clothes felt going through them. My mom used a wooden handle to pick the clothes up and push them through the wringer. My curiosity was graphically ended one day when I was helping my Mom feed the clothes into the wringer and the wooden handle got caught instead. The wringers separated and the handle and clothes were released. The wringer used its own crushing strength to force it open and release the handle. What was dangerous became benign.

It's often like this in life when the storms of misfortune hit. What seemed like a threat, really becomes a benefit.

Here's a story: Did you know that an eagle knows when the storm is approaching long before it breaks? As the storm clouds approach and pressure changes in the air occur, the eagle lifts its wing and flaps anxiously on its perch. Within moments the eagle launches into flight and flies to some high spot above the storm clouds and waits for the winds and rough weather to come. Actually, the eagle uses the storm and its rage to reach those heights. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it high above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soar- ing high above it, gliding with ease. The eagle does not escape the storm, it just simply uses the storm to lift it higher. (Author Unknown)

Just as that eagle rises on the winds that bring the storm into its world, so it should be for us when the storms of life squeeze us into anxious wrecks. When the storms of life come upon us, and all of us will experience them, we can rise above them by setting our minds and belief toward God! The storms do not have to overcome us. We can allow God to lift us above them. God enables us to ride the winds of the storm that brings sickness, pain, tragedy, failure and disappointments in our lives, and make something good come from it. We can soar above the storm. Remember, it's not the burdens of life that weigh us down, but it's how we handle them that counts. In Isaiah 40:31 (NIV) it reads: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings of eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” When life threatens to squeeze you into submission remember the eagle and remember those crushing wringers. Sometimes what seems a threat may prove to be a blessing in disguise.

We pray. Father, life is full of storms, the big ones and the little ones. Every time they hit we find ourselves wondering “How are we going to cope?” We think ahead into the darkness of the coming clouds of conflict and wonder just how hard this story will hit, how much of us will be wounded, and what will life be like when the story finally passes? Forgive us gracious Father when we try to hide from life’s storms, hunkering down and expecting the worst in mere survival mode. You made us to soar above our problems, but so often we forget to spread our wings and go with the flow of life’s sorrows and hardships. Help us to ride above life’s storms when they arise Dear Father by filling us with Your Spirit, the Spirit that lifts us up and helps us see from a new perspective, miles beyond and above our problems. In Jesus Name! Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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