I love storms. To me, they are refreshing to the world (and my mind), awesome to watch, and just make me want to cozy up with a book at home. However, I certainly don’t love driving in a storm. My only thought while driving through pouring rain or a whiteout of snow is keeping the wheels of the car on the road and not slipping into oncoming traffic.
A few months ago or so, I was driving to make an appointment. It was a clear, warm, sunny day at my house when I left. As I drove towards Hayden, I realized it was getting darker and darker. I looked ahead and saw the obvious signs of a storm brewing in front of me; dark clouds, rain streaks in the sky heading towards the ground, and cars coming from the other direction dappled with droplets of rain. I glanced in the rearview mirror, and saw that the world behind me in the direction of Post Falls was still as sunny and clear as ever. As I braced myself for the wet roads and continued on my course, I was struck not only by the sudden contrast in the weather (Idaho tends to do that, doesn’t it?), but also by how applicable this could be to life.
There are storms in life. If anyone has been a Christian long, that is something they have most likely been told. It’s one of those things we “just say”, and yet it is so true. Sometimes being in the midst of hardship, trouble, or heartbreak can leave you feeling tossed around and battered, not unlike someone stranded in a windstorm.
So, when those times in life happen, should you turn and run? Maybe, but before you do, take inventory. Are you potentially taking off from a situation that God has called you to remain in (and figuratively “weather the storm”)?
I’ll be honest, it can be hard to distinguish between when you may be avoiding an unnecessarily harmful situation, and when you are stepping outside of what is God’s will for you to endure and learn from. This is where prayer, reading of the Word, and counsel from godly people comes in. When you see that storm coming, get on your knees. And if God calls you to weather the storm, take heart! There are so many reasons to trust Him in the midst of a terrible storm. Romans 8, specifically verse 28, nails this: "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” A few others are Matthew 6:25-34, John 16:33, James 1:2-4, Matthew 11:28-30, Isaiah 55:8-11, and did I mention the entire book of Job?
God has complete and total control of the circumstances in your life if you submit to him. Lean on Him, trust Him. Pray for strength and guidance for when these times come up. Find godly counsel to walk with you as you deal with these hard, painful, and yes, necessary, storms. I can’t always offer a suggestion as to why God chooses to have us go through some things, but I can tell you that if he brings you to it, he WILL bring you through it. And that’s his promise to us.