Soulshine by Warren Haynes

Soulshine was written by Warren Haynes of Gov't Mule and the Allman Brothers Band

Matthew 7:25 (NIV) The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV) 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Sooner or later the storms in life come. They look different for each of us. They have names like layoff, divorce, death of a loved one, betrayal, disease, bankruptcy, miscarriage, addiction…and the list goes on and on. Maybe you’ve been in one of those storms, maybe more than once. Maybe you’re in one right now. These storms can certainly make us feel all alone. It’s hard to believe anyone could possibly understand the pain and heartbreak we are experiencing while we are in the middle of our raging storm. But, we have someone who can; we have someone who has. We have Jesus. He came down from Heaven to live among us so when the storms come into our life, we can take comfort knowing He experienced those storms just as we do. And He did! He suffered betrayal, hunger, rejection, ridicule, temptation, and watched people He loved die. He suffered a horrible and brutal death knowing His friends betrayed him and denied even knowing Him. His final moments of life on this side of heaven left Him feeling alone, abandoned, and rejected. 

It was the darkness just before dawn for Jesus. But dawn did come and with it an everlasting hope available to each one of us. Yes, every. Single. One. No storm’s darkness would ever have the power to stop the breaking dawn from that point forward. Jesus provided a roadmap out of the storm. It doesn’t matter if the storm is of our own making, or we found ourselves in the middle of it through no fault of our own. Jesus made sure we all knew the storm no longer takes us to the grave; it takes us through it. He showed the way out of the storm and with it the dawn that follows the darkness in our lives here on Earth.

Only you know what storm you’re facing today. Only you know how overwhelming it feels when you’re in the middle of it. You may wake up and find bills are still piling up, your marriage is still over, the cancer hasn’t gone away, and you still can’t call your loved one or kiss them goodnight. The world is broken, and we are broken while we are in it. But as the author of Corinthians points out, we can focus on the unseen, the eternal. We live in a world that is temporary and the pain associated with that world is also temporary. We have someone to comfort us and provide peace in the middle of the storm. And He will provide peace if we simply invite Him in. He is the rock and foundation in this broken world and with Him, you can be assured you will still be standing when the storm subsides. 

The storms do subside. When they do, you may find your circumstances have not changed, but you did. Eternity is a long, long time, and as Jesus assured us and went on to prove, there is a way out of the storm. We simply have to follow Him. We follow Him by reading His words and putting them into practice and when we fail, by seeking Him for His grace and understanding, but more importantly His guidance and support to continue moving forward. He brings peace to those who seek it from Him. Sometimes peace comes from reading his word, a random compliment from a friend or stranger, a simple everyday reminder of the beauty in the world found all throughout nature and the millions of overlooked good deeds being done by our fellow human beings. And sometimes it comes from the perfect song with the perfect lyric played at the perfect time to let us know we aren’t alone in our storm. Jesus is the foundation built on rock and no amount of wind and rain will carry you away when you anchor yourself to that rock. It is there you will find peace in the storm. It is there you can finally let your soul shine.