Ok, so by now you’ve heard about the storms that passed through the South wreaking havoc in many places and killing a few people. Thankfully, there were a couple of times the sun came out, in my area, during the showers, errrrr….the deluge, of rain during Sunday afternoon. As I was walking outside looking at what the rain had done in my area, and thinking about what the storms had done in other states and places in my own state, a thought hit me (excuse me, several thoughts hit me. lol), “When it rains all the dust and grime on the plants and trees washes away revealing the beauty of the greenery that the dirt covered up. When it rains or storms the flowers get beaten down into the mud, but they still get back up and bud out even more beautifully though they had been beaten down. When it storms, the storm leaves wreckage behind, but we get a fresh start as we rebuild our lives.” You’re thinking by now, “So……what????” So…..what if we apply those thoughts to our lives? Think about it. When Jesus pours His amazing love on us, like the rain, we’re washed clean from all the stupid junk in our lives. It looks like we’re brand-new, beautiful people, and we are! (2 Cor. 5:17- “If any man is in Christ, he is a brand-new person. All old things are gone away, all things have become new.” – Revelation 1:5b “….unto Him [Jesus] that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood.” – Hebrews 10:22 “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”) When the storms beat us down, like the flowers, God’s hand reaches down to us, picks us back up, and restores us. Also, our faith is made stronger by these storms, like the stems of flowers that have been beaten down but picked back up and repaired they build back up a stronger resistance (in our case faith) to what may come in the future. (Psalm 23:3 “He restores my soul, he leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” - Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength, they will mount up with wings as eagles, they will run and not be weary, and they will walk and not faint.” – Psalm 31:24 “Be of good courage and He will strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the Lord.” – Isaiah 41:10- “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes I will help you. Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of righteousness.”) By now I’m sure you’re getting the bigger picture to all of this, but let me finish saying this one last thing. =D When the storms come, and they will, and leave us with nothing at all, God is able to come healing the scars we have, rebuilding the places where we had weak foundations, making areas that were dead come alive with His newness, and doing a work in the areas that weren’t of Him, more like Him. What an amazing God we have!
A thought to chew on…..then swallow (lol): When the storms come, what will YOU allow God to do in your life?