Storm dating in the dark

He is author of three books, Not by Sight, Things Not Seen, and Don’t Follow Your Heart.

He and his wife live in the Twin Cities with their five children.

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Their father, celebrated surgeon Doctor Franklin Storm, survived the accident without injury but was unable to save his wife despite his best medical efforts. Storm abandoned his practice, becoming a gambler and a drunk, and eventually went to prison after he accidentally killed an underworld loan shark during a struggle.

Sue became more like a mother than a sister to Johnny thereafter, though both were soon placed in the custody of their loving aunt Marygay.

My storm didn’t stop suddenly, but it gradually lost power and dissipated and I flew into clear skies. His storms, from Gethsemane to Golgotha, were far worse than anything we will ever know.

And he entered them for us, so that we would be rescued from all of our storms, particularly the ultimate storm of God’s wrath against our sin. His storm crushed him so that our storms would become redemptive for us. This Advent, remember that Jesus came “to give light to those who sit in darkness” (Luke ).

But one day a thought hit me with unusual clarity: “Jon, fly by the instruments. So now during this raging storm, when everything seemed uncertain, I had a choice: trust my doubt-filled perceptions or trust God’s Word. Many times I fought the temptation to ditch the instruments and go with my sense of what was true.

Well, since my doubts were leading me deeper into confusion and darkness, and since God’s promises had given me more light and hope than anything I had ever known, I decided to steer by the Bible’s direction until I had enough evidence to determine that it was a faulty instrument. But I had enough experience and knew enough Bible to know where “sense” can lead.

I remember John Piper saying to me: “Jon, the rock of truth under your feet will not long feel like sand.” It was very hard to believe when he said it, but he proved right. I learned more than ever before how to “walk (or fly) by faith and not by sight” (2 Cor. I thank God for every minute of that frightening storm.

After months of darkness, light pierced the clouds. Jesus really understands what stormy darkness is like.

He is author of three books, Not by Sight, Things Not Seen, and Don’t Follow Your Heart. I entered a tempest of doubt like nothing I had ever experienced before. I found myself in a spiritual state of spatial disorientation. I swerved back and forth desperately trying to get my bearings. Trust what the instruments tell you.” Now over the years God had trained me to trust his Word. So now in the raging storm, when everything seemed uncertain, I had to choose: would I trust my doubt-filled perceptions or trust God’s Word?

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