I love thunderstorms. Not hail and not tornadoes, but downpours, lightning, thunder… Storms amaze me. The drop in temperature, the electricity in the air, the flashes of lightning and crashing thunder, the torrents of rain all remind me in amazing ways of God’s greatness and power and His love for us. Storms make me happy. I will go out and dance in them if it’s safe, splash through the puddles they leave behind, laugh as the wind tugs at me and the rain soaks my clothes and hair.

Storms of life, though, are different. I resist the thought of them, figuratively hide under the covers and wish they’d go away. They disrupt my life. I’d much rather there were never a storm in my life… wouldn’t I?

I’m convinced that the storms of life, just like the storms of weather, are a good thing. I wonder if I embraced them and attempted to enjoy storms of life as much as I enjoy the storms of weather I’d find the God of peace in them more often, would see His awesomeness and power, His provision and His love, more easily and readily.

The storms around me tonight, the thunder and lightning and rain, excite me. I know I’m secure. I know I’m safe. My God is a much safer shelter than this house, though. When I face the storms of life, He is my shelter and my refuge. That is reason enough to rejoice in the storms.


About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? Baptism!

Posted on August 7, 2011, in Christianity. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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