We're going to have those kinds of days. Some Christians don't want to admit that. They insist that if the sun ever slips behind a cloud you must not be walking with The Son. They forget that over and over again, the Bible warns us that we will face tough times. It does not promise us they won't happen but it does promise us that we God will never leave us or forsake us. It does promise that although we may be pressed, we won't be crushed and even though we will face persecution we will not be abandoned! Even when we get knocked down, we won't be destroyed! We may pass through the fire and flood and though our bodies may even be destroyed, we will not for we are tucked away in God's hands!
I had one of those days on Sunday. It was a great day. It was a blessed day. Things were going very, very well. I'd spent the afternoon with some friends who had just started a ministry with the elderly. A group of us went over to an assisted-living facility to visit residents and play games. A few residents wondered if we could do some singing. There weren't any musicians to speak of in our group except uh...one little princess who can pick out a melody with her right hand and chord a bit with her left. It's not much but she does know how to play hymns tolerably enough for people to at least sing along. They said they weren't particular and they were game if she was. We had fun. They even nicely invited me...I mean "the princess", to come back and play for them again next time. It was a fun afternoon.
Then without warning on Sunday evening, wham! I got smacked upside the head by some dark clouds and the thunder and lightening rumbled threateningly at me. I don't like storms. It's a long story but suffice it to say that although I live at the end of Tornado Alley, I still live in Tornado Alley. I take every storm very seriously. If you're wise, you do that in this part of the country.
I may not like storms but I do know what to do when they hit. I also know that while they can seem to last for an eternity, the reality is they fade away and the sun breaks out again.
When the sun slips behind a cloud and dark, threatening clouds rumble across my sky, I don't wait around. I start to take action immediately. I don't ignore the storm nor do I try to tell myself it really isn't there. Sometimes we get into trouble because although we may not lie to someone else, we lie to ourselves. We need to be honest with ourselves as well as others!
I cry to the Father and seek His protection in the storm. Sometimes I send out alerts to my Christian brothers and sisters. More often than not, however, God beats me to it and messages start to filter down to me in various forms..."I want you to know I've just been praying for you a lot today." "I just felt like calling you to see how you're doing." "Are you okay?" Sometimes brothers and sisters know exactly what is going on and sometimes they don't. Sometimes their very presence is all I need to be reminded that I'm not alone; God is with me and He is revealing that to me through His princes and princesses.
During my recent bout with this brief storm, friends rallied around me. Some knew what had hit me but most didn't. That's what is so amazing. Without realizing it, some made me laugh when I needed to laugh and others simply validated our friendship by reminding me how good it was to have friends.
This storm, like all other storms passed. This was a swift moving storm with a lot more bark than bite. Even so, the sun is always even more beautiful after a storm and I just want to say THANK YOU! to my friends. May you always be blessed as you have blessed me!
Amen alight and K, we are all experiencing some pretty severe storms (even though we didn't get our snow as was promised us by the always right weather people). Beautiful analogy K and I truly wish more and more Christians would realize how as the times get darker and darker the storms are going to get worse more frequent. Certainly the sudden ones are the most dangerous for we don't have time to prepare.
Sounds like you have quite a family of faithful believers to lift you up and keep you strong. I am finding more and more each day that what I have been missing for so very long is that kind of family who I can turn to without fear of condemnation when I am under attack. Sometimes us old dogs can learn new tricks.
Alight, I thought 2008 was the worst year of my life until we got to 2009. If this month is any indication of what this year is to bring, all I can say to everyone here is that we better batten down the hatches and draw close to one another for we are going to need it.
Thanks K for a blog I really needed to read today. I am thankful your storm passed quickly and I pray mine will too.
2008, actually, beginning with 2007 was the worst year of my life too for obvious reasons! Praise God though, in some remarkable way He did turn the darkness into light and in some respects it was also one of my best years. Go figure! All I can say is with God all things, and I mean all things, are possible!
2003 was the worst year of my life, unfortunately it bled on into 2004, 2005, 2006, began easing in 2007 and '08.
God was with me every step of the way. As you say, K, with well placed angels, God was with me. In a timely devotion, the revelation of a Scripture verse, He made His presence known to me.
Sometimes the only single thing we can see positive in the storm is that God is with us. In the end, that proves to be enough.