This past weekend really had me thinking deep.
I hadn’t planned on writing much this week, but I was truly moved and felt someone, somewhere may need this. I know I did.
It started off like any other weekend. We went through our normal routine: swimsuits, sunscreen, made sandwiches, packed the cooler, hopped on our bikes and headed to the beach.
It was absolutely beautiful when we got there! The sun was shining, kids were playing, people were laughing and in that very moment all was right with the world.
About an hour after we arrived, we noticed some dark clouds in the distance that seem to have suddenly appear out of nowhere. Unsure, of which way the storm was heading, everyone went about their business and continued enjoying the beach. 15 minutes passed by and it was quite apparent that the storm was heading right towards us.
As I sat there in my beach chair, watching the storm close in, I couldn’t help but feel a little bummed and slightly annoyed. We had put SO much effort into getting there that day, “all for what?” I questioned. As the rain drops slowly began to fall from the sky, families franticly packed up their things and one by one started to leave the beach. I looked at Willie, waiting for him to give me our next move, assuming we would also pack up and head home.
To my surprise, he said “no, we are going to wait it out, it will pass”. With an almost empty beach, Willie and I sat there in the wind and rain. We talked, danced, laughed, body surfed and froze our butts off for almost a whole hour before the sun eventually reappeared, but it was in that moment that I was thankful for the rain. I was happy that it had came!
I realized weather is a lot like relationships and life in general. We work SO hard and put SO much effort into things and people, only to get knocked back down. People always seem to be present on those sunshine-y days, when things are going well. But when the storms roll in and the skies get dark, those same people, who you thought were your “friends” pack up and head home.
Storms aren’t always pretty and are sometimes down right painful. We are often left wondering “when will it end?”, “where is God in all of this?”, “does He even care?”. The answer is, YES! Yes, He is there and if He didn’t care there would be NO sunshine at all in this life, EVER.
Whether we like it or not, we NEED storms. For they are the very things, that help mold us into the people we are meant to be. Without them, we would not learn, we would not grow, we would not be strong, we would not have faith, we would not have a story to share and we would not be able to help others.
I used to be the type of person that absolutely HATED the rain. It literally made me sad and depressed at the thought of it. Oh, how things change… These days, I often find God in the rain and meet with Him there, which has truly changed my perspective on love and life. It washes me clean, clears my mind, renews my marriage and helps me prioritize the things and people that REALLY matter. Whether the storm is meant for me, my marriage, a family member or a friend, I know at the end of the day, when all is said and done, God is at work.
So, no matter where you are in life, whether you’re basking in the sun, currently getting drenched or have just emerged from the trenches. Be thankful, be patient, wait on the Lord, have faith, soften your heart, be changed and know God only has the very BEST for you!
After all, there must be rain for us to truly be grateful for the sun.
Here are a few of my favorite verses in a storm…
“He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.” -Psalm 107:29
“Though the storm is fierce and your little wings are soaked and weary, be patient and trust. He loves you and cares about you. Cast your care and rest, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” -James 1:3
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” -Deuteronomy 31:6
“But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” -2 Corinthians 12:9
“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.” -Psalm 34:17-20