One night, I was in a boat with my brother on a lake near where I live. We could see lightning in the distance and thought that it was far away. It was getting late and we decided to head back to the dock. We were about 15 minutes into a 30 minute boat ride, when suddenly, the storm was upon us! Lightening was everywhere. Thunder boomed so loudly that it made the boat shake. Rain was pouring down, and visibility was less than a foot. We were being tossed around by the now violent swells. Here we were in the middle of a very large lake, at night, in a raging thunderstorm. To say I was nervous was an understatement–I was terrified! My brother calmly took control of the situation and guided us back to safety, albeit a little wet. It felt so good to get out of the storm and back on dry land.
This is a good metaphor for how we are called to act in the middle of the storm of divorce. We are called to lead: to lead in charity with our former spouse, to lead in patience with our kids, to lead in faith with our family, to lead in hope with the divorced in our community. It is easy to be afraid and to think only of ourselves. Yet, as Christians, we are called to lead those around us closer to Christ by our example–even our ex. So, when your divorce storm rages, lead the way back to the firm footing of our Savior with your love.
Blessed the one whom you guide, Lord, whom you teach be your instruction. — Psalm 94:12