Recently I came across a beautiful story of a father and a daughter. A dear sister has sent the video to me as an encouragement and it truly touched my heart to the core. It wasn’t just a story to watch and forget but it also spoke an assurance to my heart.
Once, a father and a daughter were driving home in a night and the father let the daughter drive the car. While they were on their way, a bad storm broke out. And the daughter being a new driver, felt a little bit scared.
She looked over at her father. She said, “Daddy, you think I should pull over to the side of the road and the father said, “No, no baby! Just keep on driving” so she kept on driving.
But the storm got worse. She looked at her father again. She was scared.
She said, “Daddy, are you sure, you don’t want me to pull over”?
The father said, “No, no baby, just keep on driving”.
But the storm got so bad that the daughter could barely see in front of her face. Other cars started pulling over in the storm. Even 18 wheelers started pulling over in the storm. She looked again to her dad. She looked scared.
And the father said, “Just keep on driving”.
Eventually they made it through the storm.
And the father said, “Ok baby now you can pull over”. So she pulls over the car.
She has a grin on her face and she looks at her dad and says, “Ok daddy! I know why you want me to pull over now”.
Father asks, “Why is that baby”?
She says,” You wanted me to thank God for bringing us through the storm”.
He smiles back and says, “Yeah baby that’s right! But there’s another lesson you got to learn here”.
She says, “I don’t understand”. He says, ” get out of the car, I will show you”. So they get out of the car.
He says, “Turn around and look back. Tell me what you see”.
She says,” I see the storm”.
He says, “No, no baby, that’s not all you see. Tell me what else you see”.
She says, “I don’t get it daddy”. He says, “Baby, where are all of the cars that pulled over in the storm? Where is the 18 wheeler that pulled over in the storm”?
She says, “they are still in the storm.”
He says, “That’s it baby, that’s the lesson I want you to learn. You see when you pull over, you make the storm last longer. But if you just keep on moving ahead and keep believing that it’s possible and keep your hope and faith, you will make it through your storm”.
Seven years back when I was caught in a stormy night after knowing the unexpected diagnosis of my four months old baby, I could hardly see beyond my grief. I was frightened. My life began to look everything but normal. The lash of this storm felt too intense for me to withstand. I wanted to quit my life. Amidst my pain of seeing my child suffer in sickness, I couldn’t help but ask God, “Father! Are you sure? You sure you don’t want me to pull over? This storm feels unbearable. I think I can’y go on any further”. But, in His loving mercies, He kept whispering His words of promise and assurance to my grieving soul. He wanted me not to quit my life. He wanted me not to lose my faith. So I didn’t and eventually I am making it through my storm.
Storms happen. And they are meant to come. Sometimes you are caught in it uninformed, unprepared and unexpected. In a split second your life can shift from calm to chaos. The hard winds of tragic news, the frightening diagnosis, the loss, the trauma and the searing pain may lash you and all you can see is the dark clouds of sorrows and the frightening thunders of uncertainties. If you are facing one, you know what I mean.
Even in such a time like the pandemic where all you hear and see is death, sickness, fear, uncertainty and loss of loved ones around you, it’s easy to pull over, give up hope, imagine the worst scenario, feel the fear of the unknown, even slightly doubt God’s compassionate and loving heart and to believe that you may not withstand the storm.
But the good news is storm doesn’t last forever. And moreover, your heavenly Father wants you to keep going and keep believing in Him. In the midst of your confusion and chaos, when you desperately want to give up your hope and stop right in the middle of your storm, He assures you, ” No, no daughter, just keep on moving”. Your storm may feel frightening at this moment, but if you can just listen to His voice, if you can just keep your faith in Him and if you can just look to Him instead of looking at the intensity of your storm, eventually you will get through it.
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8