He who forms the mountains,
who creates the wind,
and who reveals his thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth—the Lord God Almighty is his name.
Amos 4:13 NIV
Amos 4:13 NIV
Lisa Jordan: Early this morning, I awoke to flashes of lightning, rolling thunder and driving rain.
I hate storms, particularly anything involving wind or lightning. When I was a child, a tree had fallen on our house. Even though I had spent the night with my grandparents, who lived down the road, that accident created a domino effect of events that changed my life forever.
As the rains pelted my windows and kept me from drifting back to sleep, I prayed and asked God to calm the storm. And if He wouldn't do that, then would He please calm this child.
For the next two hours, my mind drifted to my current WIP, which is due to my editor tomorrow, the previous day's activities and the week ahead. For the most part, I didn't focus on the rain again until lightning slashed the sky and lit up my bedroom, then I repeated my prayer.
Last night's storm was gentle compared to storms others have endured such as hurricanes, tornados and typhoons, but they caused anxiety and sleeplessness in me. For me, for that moment, the rain was troubling. God heard the whispers because the storm died down at times, and I managed not to dwell on it.
Rain is vital to our everyday living. It can be cooling, refreshing on a hot summer's day. Or it can be devastating and wreck havoc. Even the strongest tree can crack if the winds and rains are strong enough.
The same goes with life--we may endure a gentle summer-like rain of challenges, or at times, it feels like a hurricane has blown through and ripped our hearts apart. No matter how severe the storm, though, God is in the midst.
God stays constant, never bending or breaking. And no matter how small or heavy are the wind gusts in our lives, He hears every prayer, every cry of our heart. Sometimes we may think He can't hear us, but not only has He heard, but He's at work calming the storm...or the child.
Your Turn: Do you find comfort in rain storms? How to you handle adversity in the storms of life?
*Originally published at www.lisajordanbooks.com, but modified for this post.