Meteorologists tell us that cyclones have “eyes”. It’s when the middle of the storm opens up into a tunnel of calmness we know of as the “eye of the storm”. The most disturbing part of this phenomenon is that when you are in the eye, at the very center of the storm, things actually feel quite peaceful. If you’re from a place like California you may be inclined to go outside thinking the storm is over, just in time to get swept way by the other half of it. In reality, the Christian life is lived mostly in the eye of one storm or another. The calm we experience is usually short lived and suddenly disrupted by what looks like a new storm, but is actually just the next part of the same one we so often encounter. We become like the Apostles on the Sea of Galilee, safe in the boat with Jesus. He is there if we need him, but for now all is under control. We’ll all just quietly drift through life until we reach the other side. This is not the case however. Job says mans days are few and full of trouble (Job 14:1). Seasoned Christians will agree that storms are an ever-present reality. Some just have a larger eye than others. Let’s not mistake temporary peace for a permanent state of rest. That day will come after we die and are taken to be with the Lord. For now we all live in the tornado ally of trials and persecution, but praise God we aren’t alone, and will never be tested beyond what we can handle.