It has always surprised me how everything can change in a blink of an eye. I can be going along, living my life as usual and then suddenly I’m blindsided and my whole life gets turned upside down. I once heard Pastor Kirksey say, “In life you are either in a storm, just getting out of a storm or about to go into the storm”.
This is so true.
The last several weeks have been just that for me. I was just getting out of a storm when all of a sudden I found myself heading into another one.
Now, as I look back on everything that has happened, I can’t help but think about God’s faithfulness. He stood with me and my family through everything and I am so blessed to recognize the work of His mighty hand when I see it because it is easy to miss it while in the storm. The storms in our lives make us so weary that we lose hope and forget who we are. We tend to lose sight of all the good that may come out of a difficult situation. But just as we come to the end of our rope, God throws us a new one. This rope is stronger and at the end of it we find His grace and everlasting peace; something worth holding on to as we enter each new season in our lives.
I would like to say that I have it all together and that I am at peace throughout these unexpected storms, but the truth is that I don’t and I probably never will. I fall short of the glory of God daily (Romans 3:23). I recognize that as my need for more of Him. There are, however, moments when I can see clearly into God’s will for my life and I know that He is restoring everything that I think I’ve lost. I realize that even the things that I have been ashamed of have served me well in the current storms I face.
Today, as I stand surveying the damage caused by this particular storm, I see God working. I choose to focus my heart and my mind on His perfect and always pleasing will in every situation (Romans 12:2).
I see how the painful personal failures of the past have actually prepared me for this very storm. The experience and knowledge I have gained through other storms helped me to hold on to my faith a little more than what I could have if I hadn’t experienced those losses.
He has certainly worked things together for my good (Romans 8:28).
And even if He still hasn’t provided all of the answers I can be sure of one thing: God is for me. God is for us. He will never forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6).
The promises that God declared through His prophet Isaiah are the promises that each of us should hold close in every storm.
Walking in Grace,
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn bush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.