My sister Jessica and I were headed to the mall when a bad storm came through. The thunder was booming, the wind was blowing, and the rain pounded on the cars in traffic. At one point, the weather forecast on the radio issued a tornado warning.
Though I didn’t show it, I was scared and wished we had chosen to go home instead. My closet didn’t need another blouse and my credit card certainly didn’t need another charge.
When we finally reached the flooded parking lot, the weather still wouldn’t ease up.
“We should just wait in the car a little bit. See if this passes,” I said.
Jessie agreed. From the car window I observed the storm continue to howl and flood the streets. People outside were running to their vehicles, shopping bags in hand, and I wondered when this storm was finally going to be over.
Just as I released that thought, things suddenly became silent. Jessie and I looked at each other and then the sky. We both saw the dark clouds dessepate to reveal a bright, shining sun. The pounding rain quickly became a light drizzle and eventually it was no more.
Jessie looked at me, surprise on her face, but I couldn’t take my eyes off the sky. I smiled to myself at how quickly the horrible storm had passed, although in the midst of it, it seemed to last forever.
Much like the weather, our lives go the same way. In the midst of trouble, it can seem like there is no end in sight. Negative thoughts can hit you like heavy rain and sadness can hover like dark clouds.
But just as God controls the storm, He can control the sunshine.
There’s a reason why God allows storms to pass over us. My mom once told me that it’s to draw us closer to Him. Ultimately, the reason is tied to a lesson and that lesson is tied to your purpose. It’s not to punish you or make you feel as if you’re serving a prison sentence. Just like a storm, troubles are only passing over us. Come to trust Him and He’ll guide you through. When you see the sun shining again that storm will only seem like a light drizzle.
Rather than run from God, let him be your shelter in the midst of your storm. If you suffer with Him, you’ll soon reign with him.
And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.