This spring has been wet! Storms have come and gone. Some severe, some just rain. I love thunderstorms. From the clouds that they make, to the sound of heavy rain on the roof. Call me crazy but I love the sound of hail crashing down on the roof or hearing it ping off of metal.
Many people do not have this same liking for storms. Especially when it comes to spiritual storms. The storms of life are often hard to bear. They blow through our lives and sometimes we wonder what hit us.
The truth is, they make us better. Storms in our lives are meant to leave us stronger. The more storms we face the easier it is to weather them. I remember as a child being terrified of thunder and lightning. I would run to my parents side when the weather would get bad. Now, however, its different. In my lifetime I have been through 4 hurricanes and probably a dozen tropical storms and depressions. Storms don’t seem to faze me as much.
The more we face the hardships of life, the more we lean on Christ and know that He will see us through. The storms may hurt and the pains may sting, but through it all we endure by the grace of God.
I read this morning in Proverbs 20:30, “Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, As do stripes the inner depths of the heart.”
Storms and trials have a cleansing effect in our lives. The floods many places are experiencing right now, find the debris moving down stream. Sometimes God uses the storms to move the debris from our lives and make us more like Him. Weather the Storm. God is a refuge and strength. A very present help in time of need.