The other day, my sister and I were talking about storms. We weren’t talking about thunder and lightning storms that are accompanied by torrential rains. We talked about the storms that occur in our lives, and those can be way more devastating than a Hurricane.
When I think about life storms, I usually have the “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” kind of attitude. But that isn’t the attitude that I have when I am in the middle of the storm; that is the attitude that comes AFTER the storm. When the storm is swirling around me, I am trying to grasp the Lord for dear life and pray for sunshine and calm seas.
The funny thing to me is that after the storm has resided, your memory of the stress, heartache, and terror can start to fade. Even though I don’t want to compare a Category 5 life storm to childbirth, I will anyway. When you get pregnant, it can be one of the happiest days of your life. However, the following months that lead up to your delivery are filled with aches, pains, vomiting, and many sleepless nights. Then, once the moment of childbirth arrives, it is one of the most painful experiences women can go through.
The minute the doctor shows you your beautiful baby, all of the previous hours’ memories start to fade. We can’t recall the pain because we are so overjoyed with what the pain brought to us.
When my sister talked, I started naming off some life storms that I had been through in my life. I was shocked at how many storms that I had gone through. But, after I named several of them off, my sister said, “you forgot about this one.”
Later that morning, I told Joe that story and said, “can you believe that I forgot that storm?” He said, “yes, I can because you also forgot THIS storm.” WHAT? On my goodness, that was a storm that I didn’t think that I would ever recover from.
Then, I talked to my mother later in the day to tell her about talking to my sister and Joe, and she said, “well, you also forgot about another storm.”
If you came up to me and asked me about my life, I would tell you that I have been blessed. I think that I am beyond blessed, and I truly don’t deserve all of the many blessings that the Lord has given me.
24 “‘“The Lord bless you
and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’
But, when I started counting the storms, I came up with at least 8 – 10 storms, and a 4 or 5 of them were Hurricane-force winds. Those 4 or 5 storms took my breath away when they were happening, and I wasn’t sure that I would survive a couple of them.
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Not only did I survive, I almost forgot them. I read something the other day that sums up why I was able to forget something that brought me to my knees at the time. What your mind dwells on can consume you. My mind has chosen to dwell on the blessings that I have been given so the storms no longer consume me.
I am not comparing my life to King David, but he knew a thing or two about storms, and he chose to praise through the storms.
5 When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord;
he brought me into a spacious place.
6 The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
7 The Lord is with me; he is my helper.
I look in triumph on my enemies.
After you read this post, you might be tempted to start thinking back on the storms in your life too. We’ve all been “through” them, and we have come out on the other side. We may be banged up and battered, but we survived, and we are stronger because of them.
I praise You, Lord, for being with me during the storms. I praise You for the many blessings in my life that have allowed those storms to recede into the background and that they don’t consume me anymore. I praise You, Lord!!!
To God Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!