The Storms of Life

By Kurt Selles

February 27, 2022

Life can be difficult even in normal times. In a storm, however, no amount of preparation seems enough. We check the forecast, make sure our homes are watertight, and pray that our electricity will stay on. And sometimes things still go wrong.

Recent history is full of storms—our world has faced one crisis after another. Many of us also experience personal storms, in our relationships with each other, with ourselves, and with God. How can we stay safe in the storms of life?

This month we will reflect on some of the storms described in Scripture. There are amazing things to learn about the power of God, who controls the wind and the waves. He is our only refuge and our Savior. May our reflections this month help us all draw nearer to our Lord and Savior, who leads us in the life of faith.

The authors of this month’s meditations work in ministry with seafarers on cargo ships, who are personally familiar with storms at sea. Dr. Jason Zuidema is executive director of the North American Maritime Ministry Association ( and an elder in the Église réformée du Québec. David Rozeboom serves as chaplain at the Montreal Ministry to Seafarers of the Christian Reformed Church ( The authors thank Kevin Walker, NAMMA director of programs, for editorial assistance.

As you read the Today devotions, may you be refreshed, refocused, and renewed in God’s Word!

About the author — Kurt Selles

Kurt Selles is the director of ReFrame Ministries and serves as the Executive Editor of Today. He is a graduate of Calvin College and Seminary, and received his PhD from Vanderbilt University. Before coming to ReFrame, he served 19 years in Taiwan and China with CRC World Missions. Kurt later taught missions at Beeson Divinity School, where he also acted as the director of the school’s Global Center. Kurt and his wife, Vicki, reside in Grand Rapids and have three adult children.

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