Monday, April 20, 2015

The Storm

If your anything like me, you love storms.I especially love thunder and lightning storms.I love the loud clashes of thunder and the bright flashes of lightning. When the storm is at a safe distance and I can sit in a safe place and watch and listen to it I really enjoy it. But when the storm comes into my safe space when it comes right into my world. That’s when the enjoyment of storms is no more. There are so many questions when the thunder and lightning have invaded my life. Questions like will I be able to make it though this, how did I ever get here, does God care, and is He going to do something. Even when the storms are a result  of my own sin or foolishness, I want God to do something. I ask for forgiveness, I repent and cry out. I promise not to fall again. But often time the storm rolls on. The thunder is loud and deafening, the lightning is overwhelming. And then I remember that often time it is in the storms, that I lean on God the most. It is in the hard time that I cry out to God the most. Now I’m not saying to live a sinful life, The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Are we to continue to sin that grace may abound?, By no means, how can we who died to sin still live in it.  But what I’m saying is this: If you are in the mist of a storm, either of your own making, or of no fault of your own, know that God has not abandoned you. Know that God will allow the storm to do its cleansing work, no matter how long it takes. Yes, God will allow the storm to do its healing work, no matter how long it takes. So the next time your in a storm, ask God to help you see what you need to see. To help you learn what you need to learn. To help you grow how you need to grow. Because God does not bring storms, or allow storms, for no reason. So trust the God that allows the storm to come, to work the storm out for your good and for his glory. And whether the storm is of, or not of your own doing remember the words of the Apostle Paul in
2 Corinthians 4:8-10 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 

So grab yourself a strong umbrella walk with your head up and let it rain.