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submarineSomeone once observed that "as the sea is subject to storms and tempests, so is every man in the world." His point: storms enter everyone's life. But how do we handle the storms?

I read a story about a new submarine that was being tested. As part of its test, the submarine had to remain submerged beneath the ocean's surface for a long time. While the submarine was submerged for its test, a powerful storm passed through the area, causing a great deal of damage.

When the submarine returned to the harbor, the head of the team that was evaluating the submarine asked the captain, "How did that terrible storm affect you?" The captain looked at the man in surprise and exclaimed, "Storm? We didn't even know there was one!"

The reason for the captain's surprise was that his submarine had been so far beneath the ocean's surface that it reached the area known to sailors as "the cushion of the sea." Although a storm's high winds may whip the surface into huge waves, the waters in the "cushion" are not even stirred. So while vessels up above were being subjected to turmoil and damage, the submarine down below was not affected. It remained safely in the "cushion."

How Does This Apply to Our Lives?

Deuteronomy 31:8 says "...God will never leave or forsake His people." So even during difficult times, God is there to provide us with peace and safety. But like the submarine, we must take certain actions if we are to receive the benefits that are available.

How are you focusing your life? A life focused on yourself and your problems puts circumstances between you and God. However, a life focused on God puts Him between you and your circumstances. Make no mistake about it, the right focus makes all the difference in the world.

Protect your mind from damaging waves of frustration, worry and despair. Focus your life on God, and place your trust in Him. If you do, storms of various types will still come and go. But as you are cushioned by God's grace, you will gain the tranquility that only He can provide.

"Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you." Psalm 55:22

Rich McLawhorn