• Toyosi Osinowo

Rise above the Storm Within

"When the oceans rise and thunders roar

I will soar with you above the storm

Father, you are KING over the flood

I will be still and know you are GOD."

~ Still by Hillsong United

I had heard this song so many times. As a matter of fact, I have sung it numerous times when I used to lead in the choir. My favorite version is by one of my favorite people, Dr. Juanita Bynum. However, this song had a whole new meaning to me this past month. For those of you that are not aware, I live in the city of Houston, one of the major cities that was hit by Hurricane Harvey. It was an experience like no other.

In that moment, everything within me was unstable. Different emotions were raging inside. I was afraid, anxious, excited, and confused all the same time. My husband and I moved our furniture upstairs and began to pack our bags in case we had to evacuate.Thankfully, it didn't come to that. Still, my heart was troubled by what I saw on the news and around me. My heart broke deeply and I felt so helpless. I wasn't able to physically help people because major streets around my neighborhood were still flooded. All I could do was simply pray and intercede.

While interceding, I got a word that storms come to create storms within. The purpose of the storms we face in life is to rattle us and shake our faith so that we may loose sight of God and HIS abilities. After the physical storm was over, I experienced my personal storm a week later. Just like Harvey, I didn't see it coming and of course, I panicked. I could not pray and almost fell into a place of depression. I was in that state of mind for almost 2 days. I didn't pick up calls and I could barely find the strength to do anything.

However, I'm grateful that even when I cannot pray, the attitude of worship comes easy. I decided to listen to Pandora and Still by Hillsong came on. Talk about just in the nick of time.

"Find rest my soul In Christ alone Know His power In quietness and trust."

I began to sing this bridge, over and over until it became real to me. Right then and there, I RESTED IN HIM. I shifted my focus from the storm, back Him.

Then I began to meditate on Mark 4:35-40. That scripture not only kept me sane but it also gave me a fresh perspective on the storms of life. The storm occurred while the disciples were on a journey with Christ. He specifically instructed them to come with Him to "the other side" then the storm happened. WOW. This let's me know that whatever storms we face as God's children are not accidental. It comes with the territory of WALKING WITH CHRIST. It all made sense. The enemy does not want us to keep our eyes on the one we are walking with, so He brings storms our way to distract and thereby paralyze and disengage us. Just like the disciples, I also lost focus and forgot who was journeying with. I became paralyzed with fear and almost let it consume me. I'm forever grateful that even in the midst of my unbelief, God still in His mercies spoke to me through my favorite language - SONGS!

Family, storms are a part of the journey. No matter how hard it is raging, I want to encourage you to keep your eye on Him. Don't let the storm within win. Have FAITH! He is with you.


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