Maybe We All Need Storms So We Can Learn To Find Safety Within Ourselves

Maybe we need a little rain to keep our heads high as we walk through it, live through it and learn how to dance in it. Maybe the sound of raindrops is exactly what we need to listen to our own voice clearly away from all the noise and have the courage to follow it. Have the courage to see where it leads us. Maybe we need to feel the rain on our skin so it can wash away our pain, our fears and cleanse our wounds and our scars. Cleanse our souls.

Maybe we need a little thunder to force us to find a warm home; a place to run to when we’re scared. A place to run to when we need shelter. A place where we can feel safe. A place where we can feel protected. A place where we can feel loved.

Maybe we need storms to remind us of what’s missing in our lives or remind us that we have our own storms to take care of. Maybe we fear storms because they remind us of the void we still need to fill. Maybe we fear storms because we’re scared to face them alone. We’re scared we’re not going to find a shoulder to lean on or a home to go to when it’s time to lock ourselves in.

And sometimes storms remind us of the people who started a storm within us and left us alone. The ones who made it rain without giving us an umbrella. The ones who caused a fire in our hearts and never put it out. The ones who threw us alone in the cold without giving us anything to keep us warm.

But if there’s one thing I learned about storms, it’s that they bring so much clarity after they’re gone. They bring peace. They bring a renewed sense of faith. They bring some calm to the chaos. And maybe that’s why we need them in our lives. So we can come out a little wiser. So we can get an answer or two. So we can learn how to shelter ourselves from the unexpected twists of fate.

And maybe we all need storms to remind us that God will always be in control and he may bring things that we don’t understand or things that we are not prepared for but it’s also part of teaching us how to survive, how to be humble knowing that even on sunny days we can’t control the weather. Even the strongest of us will feel helpless in the face of a storm.

Or maybe it’s a matter of perspective , some of us will look at the storm and expect the worst or think the world is going to end and some will look at it as a cleansing method before the sun shines again. Some will look at it and look forward to who they’ll become after the storm is over. Who they’ll become after the rain has washed away their painful past. Who they’ll become after they’ve survived the worst of storms.

Maybe the universe keeps bringing us storms because it’s not done teaching us important lessons about mother nature or about
ourselves.

A Hand To Hold In The Darkness

When the storms of life rage and the darkness grows dense, that is no time to panic or fear. No matter how dark things seem, God can see what you can’t see, and He promised to be with you and guide you safely to shore if you’ll trust Him.

Uncle David the psalmist knew the truth that God is Light and the darkness can’t hide anything from His view.

Even the darkness will not be dark for you; the night will shine like the day, for Darkness is as Light to you. (Psalm 139:12) NIV

Most of us have experienced a “midnight hour” in our lives – a time when things seemed their darkest and bleakest. That’s probably how the disciples felt that night on the Sea of Galilee. It was night and they were struggling to no avail. The wind was blowing against them, and they were no doubt growing discouraged and weary. Yet it wasn’t dark to the Master. He was watching over them with loving care. He is watching over us, too, and He promised to help us in our time of need.

For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help the. (Isaiah 41:13) KJV

God is always present with us, and we have His promise that He will help us. But when tests and trials come, the rowing always gets tougher when we allow our view of God to become masked by the storm. If we’re not careful in the midst of a test or trial, we can lose our perspective of reality and take a wrong turn.

Like my pastor will say, every situation in life is in time and season. He also cautions people never to make a life- changing decision in the middle of a crisis. God’s time is always the best and it’s better to seek God and regain their composure and perspective.

I’ve seen people make life- changing decisions that they later regretted because they lost their perspective in a storm of life. Their ship was pitching and rolling on the waves of adversity, and they lost sight of the Master. They began to take matters into their own hands, and they suffered consequences that God never intended for them to suffer.

Storms have the ability to warp our perspective if we’re not careful. Even some of the great men of the Bible temporarily lost their focus in times of trouble. For example, Chief Moses as he dealt with a rebellious people; a heart sick Uncle David as he grieved for a son who had tried to kill him; a despondent Chief Elijah as he ran from jezebel; and an angered Chief Jonah as God forgave a penitent nation. At times, duress and personal struggle caused the attitudes of these men to become tainted by their troubles. They wanted to give up and quit. They wanted to take matters into their own hands and try to change God’s plan. But God wanted them to cling to Him and let Him guide them through the storms and struggles.

It’s so easy to lose your perspective of reality when things seem dark, but if you’ll hold tightly to the Saviour’s hand, light will come. The day will dawn, and your “midnight hour” will be a thing of the past.

Psalm 30:5 says, “… Weeping may endure for a night, But Joy comes on the morning.”

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