Worshipping During The Storm
The past year and a half have been a different type of storm. The world has been in a state of fear, uncertainty, anger, and division. And while we may all have different experiences that shape the way we view the world, there is one thing as Christians that sets us apart. We have the power of prayer, praise, and worship.
When we go through difficult times, there are two main responses we have: fight or flight. Many people choose to run away, to give in to fear or depression. But I want to encourage you to fight. In church, we sing songs like “This is How I Fight My Battles.” But is it really? Is it just a good song to sing on Sunday morning and gets us hyped up, or is it our first response in times of trouble?
Almost four years ago, I was pregnant with my first child; a little girl we named Ella. During my pregnancy, there was one song I had on repeat, “So Will I” by Hillsong. The part of the song that still sticks out to me the most is “If the Stars Were Made to Worship So Will I.” I had no idea why that song spoke to me so much until we lost our daughter at 41 weeks.
It was at that point that I had to decide whether to run or fight. I remember listening to the song and weeping alone in my car. I knew that I had to make a decision whether I was going to continue to worship God. I remember hearing a pastor I listen to talk about what a sweet fragrance that type of sacrificial worship is to God. It is unlike any other, and I feel so blessed that I was able to give that sacrifice.
When we are worshipping during the storms of our life, it’s like being in the eye of a hurricane. You can taste the salt in the air, see the effects of the storm all around you, and see the huge waves crashing. But there is such a calming presence of peace that surrounds you.
When we give that sacrifice of worship, we put ourselves in the arms of the Father, under His protection. No matter what is going on around us, whether it be a pandemic, a loss, or a school shooting, it is still up to us to make the decision. Will we hide ourselves away and give up? Or will we give everything over to God, knowing that He will protect us and give us peace?
So, I encourage you to continue to worship during the storm. Allow God to protect you and give you that peace you need. You won’t ever regret it.
By: Mary Banks