By Emily K. Mayhew, LPC, CSC
The sun is finally out after eight days and 8+ inches of rain! The sun that we usually take for granted is now a welcome sight in the sky. Everywhere I go people are rejoicing to see the sun again. For days our surroundings have been dreary and foggy with flooded streets, soggy yards, and sometimes little to no visibility. It seemed as though the storms would never end! Now that the storms are over and the sun is shining, we have a renewed sense of joy, excitement, and perspective as we look forward to the fast approaching spring.
When we go through storms of life such as grief, divorce, addiction, anxiety and depression, our perspective can become clouded and foggy. We tend to focus only on the current life storm, having difficulty seeing past our circumstances to the blessings the storms can bring. Even though storms can seem scary, or even cause us to be in the dark for a period of time, God can use the storms of life to benefit us just like He uses the rain to benefit the earth.
Storms purify and storms cleanse. After a week of storms, today the sky is noticeably clearer and brighter and the air even smells more pure. Sometimes God uses the storms in our lives to purify us, washing away things that have polluted and cleansing the dark and dead places in our lives. Cleansing what is stagnant in order to give birth to new life and purpose.
Storms provide a new perspective. When the storms retreat and the sun comes back out we are able to see things more clearly. While the sun was there all along, we were unable to see it because of the clouds, rain, and fog. God is always present in our lives, especially during the storms. Sometimes it takes a strong storm to allow us to be able to more clearly see and understand that God is always with us and working, even when we can’t seem to “see” Him there. The storms of life can cause us to seek God more fervently, and when we seek Him, we will find Him.
Storms bring about beauty and new life. Just as the small shards of green grass are beginning to peak out through the soggy dirt, God can use the storms in our life to give birth to new things or to grow in us seeds that were planted long ago. Without the storms, the grass would wither and die and without the rain of God’s Spirit during our life’s storms, we would not flourish into the people He has created us to be. Isaiah 43:19 “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”
As children of a loving God, we are not promised to be delivered from the storms of life. In fact, many times God allows storms to grow and refresh us. He does promise, though, that He will always walk with us through the storms, and that He will be our shelter and our refuge. Isaiah 25:4 “You (God) have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.” Psalm 107: 28-31 “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and He brought them to their desired haven. Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love, for His wondrous works to the children of man!”
If you are currently experiencing a storm in your life and are having difficulty seeing the Son through your distress, we are here to help. Call us today for a free 30-minute consultation, and let us help you walk through the storm into the abundant life that God has for you!