You, God are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water (Psalm 63:1 NIV).
At the sound of thunder, I got up from my computer and glanced out the window. I’d heard the forecast a week prior warning of a hurricane coming to Florida. Yet, the heavy rain pounding against my roof reminded me the dangers were real. I remembered I hadn’t tested my generator, bought additional candles, or filled the cars with gas.
Thankfully, the storm passed after a few hours and it’d been downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hit the area I lived in. When it was safe to go outside, there were downed tree branches, giant puddles, and pine needles strewn on my property. There would be some light clean up, but my parched grass already looked greener in the bright sun shining through the retreating clouds.
Watching the scene in my yard helped me notice there’s much more to a storm. They teach us prepare, withstand, and appreciate the aftermath of the rain. In the same way there is more to our God. When we take this into account, we don’t claim to understand everything about God but we know much of what we experience as Christians has purpose.
As with a literal storm, the storms in our life circumstances also highlight the importance of preparation, building resilience, and developing appreciation for the lessons learned and the sun that will shine afterward.
Lord, help me to have a heart that is prepared. Show me how to learn from the storms that I withstand in life and turn to you for cover. In everything, help me to seek you and put my trust in you. Amen.
Your turn: Are there lessons you've learned from nature? What have you learned about getting through the storms of life?