In Chapter 13 (“Doubtstorms”) of In the Eye of the Storm, Max Lucado remarks that while nature gives us rainstorms, hailstorms and snowstorms, life produces doubtstorms. Max’s “dictionary” entry:
“Doubtstorms: turbulent days when the enemy is too big, the task too great, the future too bleak, and the answers too few.”
During the storm on the Sea of Galilee, a light came to the disciples, although Max notes it wasn’t the light they expected. Fearfully thinking Jesus was a ghost, they cried out in fear. Because Jesus came in an unexpected way, the disciples almost missed seeing the answer to their prayers.
So it is with us following our ministry downsizing or position loss. Our expectations for God’s intervention may divert our attentiveness to God’s light in our lives. Max explains that we are prone to think that when God does answer, it will be in a grandiose way, all our pain will be gone, life will be peaceful and all our questions will be answered. Max adds:
“And because we look for the bonfire, we miss the candle. Because we listen for the shout, we miss the whisper.”