Braving the Storms of Life

February 11, 2010  |     |   General

One of Max Lucado’s earliest books is called “In the Eye of the Storm : A Day in the Life of Jesus”. If this is not a book you have read, I would encourage you to pick it up and read it. Like most of his writing, it is fun to read and covers a very relevant spiritual and human discipline. Lucado examines the “second-most stressful day” in the life of Jesus, and helps us look at how Christ handled the emotional roller-coaster of grief, fear, joy, chaos, tears and fatigue of that day without once losing his cool.

If you’ve ever been to Open Door Mission’s Timberlake Outreach Center, especially when there is a throng of clients shopping, volunteers sorting donations, and staff providing service and direction, all at the same time, then you can appreciate the “storm” that is weathered here every day. For those who have not seen the Timberlake Outreach Center, no doubt you can easily recall a season, day, or hour in your life, where you found yourself unable to get by on your own strength.

Most, if not all, of the clients I meet with every day are in the middle of one of life’s storms. Perhaps the mother who had to leave her abusive husband and is now trying to piece together a place to live, provide care for her children, and feels like she has been tossed on a huge wave, unsure if she will survive. Or the man who is trying to convince the court that he should have custody of his children in lieu of their mother who is addicted to crack. What hope is there for me to offer him during this turbulent time of his life?

The key principle to understand is; Christ has been there! He knows how you feel and will help you if you trust in Him. God came down from heaven, put on flesh and lived among us so he could bridge the gap between our sin and His holiness. This is not just the greatest story ever told, this is history. It really happened! How awesome to be able to share this comfort with each of the clients that sit on the other side my desk. To tell them that no matter how lost, hurt, angry, confused or rejected they feel, there is a Savior who understands from experience and is willing to accept them to Himself.

So, as you read this, comfortably sitting in front of your laptop or monitor, please say a prayer for those whom I have the privilege of helping at the Timberlake Outreach Center. Visit and commit to helping with donations, or with your time and talents.

Darren Timberlake
Timberlake Outreach Center Community Case Manager