In the Eye of the Storm
“In the Eye of the Storm” begins with one of my all time favorite Max Lucado stories. It concerns Chippie the parakeet and the fact that you never know what live will bring. There was old Chippie, sitting on his swing and minding his own business when all of a sudden he was “sucked in, washed up, and blown over.” Here’s the story--
The problems began when Chippie's owner decided to clean Chippie's cage with a vacuum cleaner. She removed the attachment from the end of the hose and stuck it in the cage. The phone rang, and she turned to pick it up. She'd barely said “hello” when “sssopp!” Chippie got sucked in.The bird owner gasped, put down the phone, turned off the vacuum, and opened the bag. There was Chippie— still alive, but stunned.Since the bird was covered with dust and soot, she grabbed him and raced to the bathroom, turned on the faucet, and held Chippie under the running water. Then, realizing that Chippie was soaked and shivering, she did what any compassionate bird owner would do . . . she reached for the hair dryer and blasted the pet with hot air. Poor Chippie never knew what hit him.
Ever have a day like that? You think everything is going well, the then the wheels fall off and the roof cave. And maybe you can relate to Chippy after his hard day. His owner was asked how he was doing and replied, “Well, Chippie doesn't sing much anymore—he just sits and stares.”
Our Old Testament reading for today is God’s promise to Israel, and to us, to be there when we are sucked in, washed up, and blown over by life. In Isaiah 43:2-3, God says--
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;the flames will not set you ablaze.For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
God never promises to keep us from the storms of life, but He does promise to be with us through those storms. He promises to restore us and life us up after the storms. And unlike Chippy, once we are restored, we will sing to the Lord a new song (Isa 42:10-13).
The process of getting from the storm to the new song is called “faith.”