May 31, 2015

Life Storms

Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 

Are you overwhelmed by a flood of difficult circumstances? Are you drowning in waters that are way too deep? Is there a raging river out of control in your life? In Texas this past week there have been dangerous floods, drowning waters and raging rivers.

The photo above is the creek near our house out of its banks after the three hour deluge Friday morning which followed a very rainy month of May. We are safe and high and dry and yet others have lost their lives and lost loved ones and experienced damage to their homes due to flooding.

Many of us haven’t been through a literal storm like the ones some of us have seen with the weather this past week. But we have been through other storms in the form of difficult hardships. They come in all shapes and sizes and they bring to the surface how we deal with life storms.

The greatest storms in our lives will lead us to a choice. Will we choose to believe that even through a difficult trial - God is sovereign and He is working things we cannot see? Will we allow Him to teach us to trust Him in all things and to not lean on our own understanding? 

We will still have to go through the storm, but when we choose to go through it with Him, we can know He will take care of us each step of the way and He will draw us close and we will find refuge and healing in His hands.

What if instead, I choose to let disappointment take me down a road of resentment that God allowed this storm in my life and thoughts that this never should have happened consume me. This attitude will change my relationship with God as the resentment grows and causes me to distance myself until I have moved so far from where I was, that the relationship I used to know grows cold and lifeless.

It is scary to even think about making that choice.

The hardest storms in our lives become refining moments, forcing us to choose how we will respond to the painful circumstances thrust upon us. 

It is my prayer that we will choose to stay with God and trust Him as He goes with us through the storm. 

1 Peter 1:6-7
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Also see: 
Romans 5:3-5, Romans 8:18, 2 Corinthians 1:3-7, James 1:2-4, 
1 Peter 4:12-13, 1 Peter 5:10