If life is like a hurricane, what does the eye of the storm stand for in this metaphor? Surely we all get that life resembles a storm, or maybe a sequence of storms with a few days of clear skies. But what about the eye of the hurricane. Well, I think that God allows suffering as a means to our growth (see the previous blog). Otherwise, it wouldn’t make sense that He’d allow suffering to continue so long, in spite of the rebellion and fall. So what is he after.
Why was the apostle Paul struck down and blinded on the way to Damascus? (Acts 9) This is neither a trick question nor very hard to answer. He was a zealot persecuting the heretic Jesus followers and even killing some. And what is the result? Paul becomes a loving man, and one of the deepest, inspired theologians of all time. In spite of this miraculous conversion – and by the way, it’s always supernatural when we have a glimpse of who God is – Paul’s life does not smooth out or get any easier. In fact, at one point he literally goes through a storm at sea and is shipwrecked. But even that becomes a teachable moment for him and those around him, and for us reading about his adventures, and misadventures.
What, then is the eye of the storm. In my metaphor, it is that place close to God’s own heart, holding on to him tightly, in that place where we can experience peace and calm even in the midst of a hurricane. That’s what he wants. Does He want us to do good works? Does He want us to study and meditate on the Word that He inspired? Does He want us to be around other believers regularly? Certainly. But if you strip it all back to the most essential, He wants us to find Him somewhere in dimension 5 through dimension X. Someone else would say he wants us to be with Him in spirit and in truth, or spiritually and emotionally, so that the colossal waves and 90 miles per hour winds don’t cause us to perish.
As the hurricane approaches, find a way to the eye, that place where the heart of God, a loving Father, resides. Jesus said that his Father has a mansion with many rooms, rooms enough for you and me. I know that mansion is built with impregnable substance. It’s probably made of quantum energy that can’t be shaken by anything Earthly or other-worldly.
Psalm 29 describes a great storm which “… strips the forests bare, and in His temple everything says ‘Glory'” And he finishes with these verses: “The Lord sat as King at the flood; Yes, the Lord sits as King forever. The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.”