James 1:2-8 (ESV), “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”
Sometimes we face life-changing storms in life . . . we are changed by the torrential downpours that may come in the form of a hurting, now-distant relationship, the loss of communication in a marriage, the death of a loved one, a miscarriage, or feeling lonely and hopeless after you feel your dreams have been completely crushed.
We also face other storms . . . maybe drizzles – which can come in the form of struggling with self-image, or perhaps the changing of jobs, zip codes, and life as we know it even in the simplest form.
Jesus carries our burdens … if we let Him. He repairs the chipped and chiseled parts of our hearts . . . IF we let Him!
Every storm, no matter what form, is life-changing. Every storm, no matter what form, can help us develop and grow as a person. EVERY storm, no matter what form, can teach us something positive, rekindle our passion, and draw us closer to God.
We will face storms of many kinds, but sometimes we have to take time to dance in the rain. It is the storms of life that help strengthen our faith in Christ. Sometimes, it is the storms of life that help us draw closer to the things that mean the most to us. It is the storms that help us realize what is truly important.
When we face trials and hardships, we often want to blame God and distance ourselves from Him rather than cling to Him to find the blessings from the downpour.
There is always, always, always something that can come from a downpour . . . whether it be the rainbow beyond the storm or the laughter that accompanies that joyous moment of dancing in the rain.
For now, no matter what type of storm you may be experiencing, take some time to dance in the rain. Enjoy meeting someone new during that hardship or take the opportunity to re-evaluate what is important to you.
Hope is ALWAYS on the horizon.
Change leads to growth – what kind of growth will we let our storm become? Growing in our relationship with Christ or growing in bitterness?
Romans 12:12 (ESV), “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”