Storms of Life!!

This morning when awoke it looked like it was going to be a beautiful sunny day. Then an hour later as I looked out over the lake, I saw storm clouds and rain in the distance. As I watched, the storm started coming closer. I looked up in the sky it seemed as if one half wanted it to storm and the other half wanted the sun to shine.DSC_0555 

It was at that moment I started thinking about our lives. We all have storms in life. Either just getting out of one, in the middle of one or sorry to say- will be going into one. It is during a storm that I have felt in my life like the sky looked this morning, half dark and half bright. While we are in a storm the enemy tries to attack us and wants us to grow totally dark and cold. DSC_0505

God allows us to go through those storms to bring us closer to Him. He wants our life to radiate His love.  He is reaching out to us saying “Hold my hand and I will walk you through this”. Do we trust God whole heartedly to surrender our whole life to Him? Can we get out of the “boat” and walk by faith on the water to our Lord?

I have gone through more trials than I would have ever wished to go through. To be honest – I can now say that I am thankful for each one. Don’t get me wrong, they have not been easy. They didn’t make sense. I have asked God “why”? I have cried tears of anger and I struggled to hold onto God’s hand and let go of “my life”. But if my life was always sunny and bright, I would not be growing closer to the Lord. Just like we need rain (storms) for things to grow, we also spiritually need storms to grow. God knows I still have a long way to go in my life but I don’t like to admit that, because I don’t like being in a storm!

I have seen God answer prayer and pull us out of storms in ways I never imagined. He has called my husband and I to serve Him in Uganda, Africa. It has not always been easy – yes, we have only been here for three months but have gone through things that we would never want to go through again. One of them was losing a very dear, sweet young girl who was like a sister to us.  

But can we who were all created by the same God and created for His purpose and His glory, trust Him? Can we lift up our hands with tears streaming down our faces and say “I will praise you in this storm”? Can we thank the Lord of the universe for His unfailing love and protection, even when things get hard? He wants us to! He is our heavenly father and loves us more then we can imagine!

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“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God”. Acts 20:24