Do you ever feel that your life is somewhat like a weather report: “Today will be overcast with a 50% chance of rain.” or, “There’s a storm brewing and there could be hail, tornadoes and wind gusts of up to 150 mph!”, better yet, “Today there will be sunshine and 80 degrees!” And let me ask you this: why do the worst storms always seem to come after dark? You couldn’t see a tornado if it was across the street at that point!
I love sunny days, who doesn’t, but there is no place on earth that you will find the sun shining every day! If we never had rain, nothing would grow! I must say that after having lived in Tennessee for the last 12 years, I could live without tornado warnings! I grew up in northern Michigan so the worst storms we ever had were in the winter! I remember waking up one morning in 1978 and we were snowed in. I don’t mean we had a few inches, we had so much snow that I had to squeeze out the front door to go feed the animals. We hadn’t anticipated that much snow and we had just had a trailer of hay delivered the day before and the storm rolled in before we got it unloaded so I climbed up on top of it and threw a few bails of hay down and made the mistake of jumping off the top into the snow. I sunk up to my shoulders and it took me quite a while to wiggle my way out, but that is how deep it was! It took a week for them to clear the roads! The weather is unpredictable and so is life! For the record though, I will take a quiet snowstorm over a tornado any time!
If only we could choose our storms in life, but we can’t! No matter what kind of storm you are facing, you can know that God sees and He cares. Above all of those clouds, the sun is still shining and it will shine again on you! If you allow God to work in you through your storms, He will guide you and give you peace until the sun shines again on your life! Even though the sun that gives us light doesn’t seem to be shining in your life right now, you can know that the Son has never taken His eyes off you! There is nothing wrong with asking God to calm the storm and to bring the sunshine back into your life! In fact, there is nothing wrong with asking Him to divert the storms of life when you see the potential of one coming! Pray for God to build a wall of protection around you and your family! Pray for Him to find a way to teach you what you need to learn without that hurricane headed your way! God knows what it takes to bring the best out of us!
It is pretty overcast here today, it doesn’t look like it will rain much if it rains at all, but the sun is shining, I can tell. When you face those cloudy days I would encourage you to ask God to help you be the sun that shines in someone’s life. Allow Him to shine through you in all that you do! If you learn to trust Him on the sunny days and the overcast days, then the storms will be a little easier to handle. If you are in the middle of a storm right now, cling to Him and allow Him to get you through to the other side! My prayer today for you all is that He will get you through your storms quickly and that His Face Will shine upon you and bless you! The best is yet to come!
“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass ~ it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” ~Vivian Greene
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