I have always loved the ocean. Even though I don’t go there often, I can still close my eyes and feel the heat of the sun, the smell of the salt water in the air, the sand sticking to my feet and legs, as it rises and falls beneath my steps. I smile at memories of buckets of shells, iridescent sunsets, and the waves that rolled across my shoulders as I daringly ventured deeper into the water.. 
Once, on a beach getaway that I took alone with my husband, we went deep-sea fishing. This was something that I wanted to do with him because he enjoyed it. After that experience, I can conclude that being on a boat in the ocean is not my cup of tea (unless it’s a cruise line.) The constant motion for several hours, combined with the constant lapping of the waves onto the boat, made me feel more than a little uneasy. However, after our excursion, it made me think of how terrifying it would have been if our little boat had gotten caught up in a storm. Even when I watch movies about shipwrecks or boats caught in storms, it turns my stomach almost to the point that I’d rather not watch. 
Sometimes we go through periods in our lives where time itself feels like a storm. It may not even be something that we would classify as devastating or dramatic. But when our plans devolve into chaos, when we lose our sense of control, when we experience unexpected or undeserved hurt, when our yearnings aren’t fulfilled… It’s just hard. The upheaval can quickly wear us down internally and cause us to lose hope. We may see no end in sight to our present season.
What if there is no end? We know that God has a purpose in the storm, that God is with us in the storm, but what about our dreams? What about our desires, our goals, our passions? How do we reconcile where we are right now, today, with what we desire? 
May I propose that the storm is a good place? Honestly. It’s only when we let go of where we want to go and let the waves of the storm take us where we end up, that we can truly find our way. So no matter what you are yearning for, no matter what your goals are, no matter how hard it is to be present where you are right now and to patiently wait for what you believe that God has promised you, just embrace the storm. Let go of your grip on your dreams, and trust that when the storm clears, you will be able to see that you have arrived at a place better than your dreams. But you must let the storm that you are in right now guide you. 
Today is the best day of your life. Yesterday is gone forever, and we are not promised tomorrow. Don’t let go of the hope in the promises for tomorrow, but also don’t stop living in today. It’s not either-or. It’s both-and. As believers, we securely live in the now, and we confidently wait for the not yet.