when i was little i used to be terrified of storms. i would either hide in the basement or run to my parent’s bedroom….it was always some place INSIDE where I felt safe and secure. (thankfully, i have conquered that fear and i now LOVE thunderstorms!)
today, we hands down had the biggest and best storm of the summer. for a second I thought it could be a tornado from the jet black sky and the way the walls in my office were shaking! and then someone sitting in front of me said “man…I’m glad we’re inside right now!”
and with that simple statement, it really got me thinking about life. it’s inevitable that at one time or another we are going to face a storm in life, but what’s on the INSIDE of us that is going to keep us safe and secure? and as I was driving home, there were huge tree branches all over the roads…some roads completely blocked with debris and leaves.
STORMS and DEBRIS. think about those in relation to life. ever been through a storm? ever had some debris you just needed to get rid of? what gave you that feeling of safety and security while weathering the storm? and how did it feel after getting rid of loose hanging debris?
as a little girl, i ran to my parents to find safety and security during thunderstorms. now, as an adult, when I face a storm I turn somewhere else. the one place where I feel the safest and the most secure: my relationship with Jesus. i know it’s something that will never falter nor fail. that alone is amazing. does that mean i’ll never face storms? ABSOLUTELY not. but it does mean one thing: I won’t be facing them alone. so many times storms are viewed as negative, but I think there is a sense of beauty to them. before a thunderstorm, there is usually an unspeakable stillness and silence. during the storm there is crashing thunder, flashing lightening and heavy downpours. and when it’s all finished, it goes back to the stillness and silence from before. God puts us through storms so that we can be tested. to clear out any unnecessary debris so that when we come out from the storm, not only do we get rid of what we don’t need, but we have a brand new sense of stillness and silence to appreciate the beauty of life He created.
i really feel like the storm (now storms!) today represented the beginning of a new season. a time for things to be shaken up. a time for breakdowns, breakups, and BREAKTHROUGHS. i know i say this every time, but i’ve never been more excited or encouraged to just LIVE LIFE!! i’m so excited for what God has in store and to live by HIS will. this verse has been put on my heart for the past few months, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” 1 Corinthians 2:9. so when it comes to living this life, i want to love HIM. He’s the reason why i’m here today and i want to do nothing more than to prepare and discipline myself so i live my life to please Him. i encourage every person reading this that if you are in the midst of a storm or just got out of one, search for what is inside of you. really question who you turn to when you’re in a storm and why. build up your endurance during the stillness and silence so that when the next storm strikes, you’re ready.