Hebrews 10:36 (NIV) You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.
When seasons change, we also see shifts in the weather. The month of April is well known for its storms, just like the storms we face in life. Like the clouds, our thoughts become dark and grey, our attitudes and temperament begin to roar like the sounding thunder, situations from the past flash in our mind like lightning, and tears flow from our eyes like a never ending rain.
The storms we face always appear to be threatening while we are going through them. We can’t seem to see where we’re headed, and it appears that there is no end in sight. It’s so easy to focus on all of the negative elements, yet so hard to see its benefits. I mean this struggle is not easy, it is real!
But one thing is for sure, after every good rain things change. Yes, things do change. Think about it, can you recall that last good cry you had for whatever reason? Afterwards your body and spirit felt fresh, anew, rejuvenated, I imagine just like the earth. Then following closely behind that rain there was growth that took place, something new was birthed. After life’s storms we experience change, sometimes immediately and sometimes it’s the catalyst for a later time. Our behaviors change, our thoughts change, and even our words begin to change by speaking life into ourselves.
Whenever there is an earthly storm, through faith we always know that it will not last long, and as a matter of fact we even speak about how the rain is going to bring about life through the flowers and the trees. Again knowing that it’s a real struggle, this is the way we can begin to look at our own personal storms. We even know from our past that they don’t last long, and sometimes we even miss our growth. So beginning today, let’s begin to enjoy all that blooms from our storms, whether internal or external let’s begin to enjoy them through the faith of knowing that this too shall pass by acknowledging, no I’m not feeling this storm, but I’m expecting growth and beauty from its pain.
James 1: 3-4 (NIV) Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters. whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.