Calming the Storms

By CJ Kallevig

Hey, everyone! This month I wanted to tell you about one of my favorite songs. It’s “Sometimes He Calms the Storm” by Scott Krippayne. It’s a beautiful song about faith and how we need to put our trust in the Lord no matter what. 

I don’t remember where I first heard this song. But I do remember the impact that it has had on me and continues to have. This is a song that I turn to when I am struggling, when I feel that I am alone and God is nowhere near. This song reminds me that no matter what, God has got me.

The first verse starts out with the simple lyrics of 

All who sail the sea of faith
Find out before too long
How quickly blue skies can grow dark
And gentle winds grow strong”

We are not promised an easy life. God tells us in Scripture that we will face trials. And we don’t know when those trials will come. I know that there have been many times in my life where I was sailing along just fine, everything was great… Then BAM! A storm came and life became rough. Just one example of this happened when I was twelve years old. I was living overseas, and I loved it. I thought I was going to spend the rest of my life there, and I was happy to do it. But things happened, and I had to move elsewhere. That’s when these next lines became very real to me:

“And suddenly fear is like white water
Pounding on the soul
But still we sail on knowing
That our Lord is in control.”

I had no clue what was going on or what was going to happen. I just had to keep going. We all have to keep going in life. If we sit and wallow in our miseries, we become stuck. If we trust that God is in control, that he has a plan for us, then we can continue on through the hard times.

My favorite part of this song is the chorus:

“Sometimes He calms the storm
With a whispered peace be still
And He can settle any sea
But it doesn’t mean he will
Sometimes He holds us close
And lets the wind and waves go wild
Sometimes He calms the storm
And other times He calms his child.”

These lines bring me such peace and hope. Yes, God can calm the storm and the pain that is going on in our lives, He can do that whenever He wants. But just like the song says, “It doesn’t mean He will.” Sometimes we need to go through a storm to come out on the other side as a stronger person, as a stronger friend, as a stronger Catholic. And when it is that time, when we have to go through something, that is when God is holding us close to Him. He walks with us through our struggles, and when we lean on Him and hold on tight, that is when we know that God is here and loving us. 

“He has a reason for each trial
That we pass through in life
And though we’re shaken
We cannot be pulled apart from Christ”

Like I said above, there is a reason for our storms. I know that reasoning doesn’t help. When you’re going through something, the last thing you want to hear is: “Oh, God has a reason for this!” Going back to my example of living overseas, whenever I heard that phrase being used, I was furious. I didn’t care that God had a reason for us to come back to the States; all I cared about was myself and the fact that I was hurting. I was definitely shaken, and I was not pulled away from Christ; I pulled myself away. I let my anger and grief become a barrier between me and God.

“No matter how the driving rain beats down
On those who hold to faith
A heart of trust will always
Be a quiet peaceful place” 

When we trust in the Lord, when we lean on His promises that He will never leave us or forsake us, then our hearts will rest in Him.

It took me awhile to have a peaceful heart. To let go of my anger and grief. And that is completely okay. God wants you to come to him with everything, and He is patient when it is difficult. If you are struggling, if you feel like your heart is angry and restless, know this: God is right there beside you with open arms, waiting for you. He will be there for you always.

If you have the chance to listen to this song, great! I highly recommend it. But if not, take a moment or two and read over the chorus again. Think about how the Lord of the Universe, He who can create storms and banish them, is holding you close to His heart. 

God bless you all and I will see you in the Eucharist. 

“Sometimes He calms the storm
With a whispered peace be still
He can settle any sea
But it doesn’t mean he will
Sometimes He holds us close
And lets the wind and waves go wild
Sometimes He calms the storm
And other times He calms His child”

copyright acknowledgement: “Sometimes He Calms the Storm” by Scott Krippayne

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