June 1, 2017

Still Standing After the Storm

Spring is a beautiful season of new life as lawns have turned green again after the winter and leaves are back on the bare trees and flowering bushes and plants are brilliant in color. I have enjoyed walking and taking it all in as spring and now almost summer continues to unfold around me. I have also enjoyed tending to flowers and herbs in my backyard garden.

Here in Texas spring is quickly turning to summer, but on my recent trip to North Carolina and in the mountains, some trees were newly budding with brand new leaves. Up in the high mountains the rhododendron bushes were covered with plump buds on the brink of blooming.

Spring is also a season of storms. Storms come in many shapes and sizes. Natural disaster, disease, divorce, death, depression, despair, and hopelessness would definitely be on the list. I think many of us often face the storm of being overwhelmed.

When I think of storms I am also reminded of the importance of faith, trusting God, and standing firm on a strong foundation. I recall some of the storms I have endured in my life, an angry abusive father, an infant baby that died many years ago and multiple miscarriages, a sister who died of cancer in 2009 at the age of 61, my other sister and her husband both killed in a car crash in 2013. The list goes on—mine, yours…

But, I am still standing after the storms. I am still standing because of the One who brought me through those storms. My foundation is the Lord. His is the strong hand that pulls us up when we are sinking, that picks us up when we fall, and wipes away our tears and puts our feet on solid ground.  Storms pass by and the sun once again shines bright in clear blue skies. Our lives start the important journey of healing, rebuilding, and still standing after the storm.

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  ~ Psalm 18:2