One February, in the dead of night, there was a freak, spring storm. I peered out the window to see the winds swirling and the trees bending almost to the ground. I could hear a hint of that train sound that occurs right before a tornado comes. Then lightning and thunder struck close to the house. Warning sirens went off. I stayed glued to the window pressing my face against the windowpane to see if I could see any threatening weather. My husband grabbed his cell phone and looked at the weather radar.
The storm took about twenty minutes to blow through. When it was over, the calm was nearly as loud as the storm had been. All that I heard was the drip, drip, drip of the rain sliding from the roof. It was such a relief when it was over.
Dealing with that storm reminded me of what it’s like to go through life’s storms. We get so caught up in what is happening, that we can only see what is right in front of us. We cannot look beyond the window into the future to see how it will all turn out. The swirl of what we are dealing with is loud and scary. Even though we hear the warning siren telling us things are going to get rough, we cannot run away from it. We have to live through it.
All we may have is our faith to help us. We must believe that all things, both good and bad, are for our own good in the end. After all, the good Lord knows what is best for us and our greater good. While we are in the storm, it feels like it is going to last forever, and nothing good can come from it.
Then as suddenly as it came into our lives, the storm is gone. The calm is deafening. The silence reminds us of how violent the storm was. We heave a sigh of relief, glad that it is over, and give thanks that we made it through. Sometimes we come through unscathed, and other times there was a lesson for us to learn.
There are benefits from the storm. The rain from the storm feeds the earth and all its foliage and animals with its life-giving water. The wind breaks off the dead branches and is nature’s way of pruning for growth. So are life’s storms for us. It is a growth process. Without the storms, we cannot grow. The storms feed our soul and reveal who we are, what we believe, and things we need to work on or do….so many benefits. Are you trying to survive a storm today? Hold tight to your faith and get ready to grow.
I lift my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of the heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip-he who watches over you will not slumber… Psalms 121:1-2a