An hour before I took the picture above, a real spring storm blew through our area. It blew in from a completely different direction than most storms. The winds were really whipping, causing debris, porch pillows and vegetation to blow and bow down. Earlier in the day I had heard we were in for storms, but it seemed unlikely at the time, because it was lovely in the morning. But sure to the prediction, they came in just as they said. I was glad I had secured things outside, and I was especially glad that I was inside where it was safe and dry!
I went about the work I was doing, and kept an ear and eye on the outside, for safety sake. It wasn’t long, though until I looked through the window and saw the clouds clearing. Then I saw the sun hitting the backyard. I stepped onto the back porch and everything was cool, refreshed, and though dripping with the drops of the precipitation, it was evident that the storm was over.
I know many people who are going through storms in their personal lives. I would have to add, that the storm is in their personal Christian life. It’s a storm sent by the Lord for His purposes. As I watch, I see the pressures of the trial causing them to bow, just like the trees in my front yard bent as the wind pushed against its branches. They are bowing with the ache and the pain of the trial, but they are not broken. They are trusting the God of their life to do His work, and they are firmly planted on His Word, even when their hearts may want to waver or ask why.
We’ve all been warned that trials will come to us. Maybe you’re one who is experiencing one right now. Perhaps your trial is just around the corner. It’s easy to get caught off guard because the “sun is shining” today and we can’t imagine that dark clouds may be ahead. We must prepare now for the storm that will come. Like my friends, we must anchor our hearts in the Scriptures. We have to know God’s character because we know His Word. His Truth will keep us from breaking. Knowing the Sender of the storm will remind us that He is there with us. And though we may never know why God sends or allows difficulties to come our way, we can be sure that they went through His sovereign hands before they touched our lives.
When we find ourselves in the storm, we need to also remember that they won’t last forever. There will be an end. If not here, for all eternity, there will only be peace. We may feel like quitting and throwing in the towel, but we must endure so we can see the joy of the blessings of the storm. When I was waiting out the storm yesterday, it didn’t last for long, really. I’ve been through worse spring tempests. We need to remind ourselves of the truth that though it seems that this trial is going on forever, there is a day when it will be over.
Hopefully when the storm is over, we won’t forget the things we’ve learned. The lessons will be like the water droplets on my roses – little reminders that the storm was there. There will be a freshness, a newness, and even sunshine in our hearts afterwards if we prepare for the storm, endure the storm and remember the storm.
It’s time to go sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. The storm is over. To my friends who are experiencing difficulties today, I say, your storm will pass and the sun will shine again and God’s presence will refresh your spirit through it all.
This won’t last forever.
Are you going through a storm? I’d love to pray for you. Just leave a note asking for prayer – no need to share about the trial – God knows.