Everyone, including this writer, goes through tough times. We struggle with health and physical pain, work or lack of work issues, disagreements with our mates, siblings, or children, and the list goes on. Sometimes life seems like one storm after another. Let me share something that helps me when I am tossed to and fro by life’s gusts and waves. Do a vision check! Focusing on the storm can cause us to drown. We tend to rely on our own devices when the boat starts to sink, which is the equivalent of trying to get rid of rising water with a thimble – it is an exercise in futility. When you are faced with a storm, try this: trust in God with all your heart, not depending on what you understand, or believe or feel. Try taking a deep breath, and without being anxious, but with thanksgiving for all of the good things in your life, seek God and make your requests to Him. Even in the midst of the storm you will experience a peace that cannot be explained. By taking the focus off of yourself, even if the storm doesn’t get better, you certainly will. Lets get our “I”s checked the next time the waters begin to rise around us.