2016-06-29 - The Good Storm
Last week, we had two evenings in a row, that there was a wicked storm. Neither time did it last very long, but while going on, those storms were fierce. There were crashes of thunder, quick and continuous bright flashes of light engulfing the kitchen one night, as I raced to finish cooking noodles, in case we lost power. We were fortunate to not have it happen, yet others in town did face the brief interlude without electricity. As I surveyed the still damp vinyl siding the next morning when I took the pups outside, I noticed how clean it all was, in spite of the circumstances surrounding everything. I had been thinking the prior week, I should probably clean the siding - and now I didn’t need to - because that good storm did it for me.
We can have literal and metaphorical storms throughout our lives, and not really feel like they are good. But they can be just that. We might not always know it at the time, yet often when thinking back on those times, we at least realize some small bit of value came from having gone through it. At the very least, if we’re looking back, we did indeed make it to another place, and hopefully there is a peace that passes all understanding - no matter what the weather. I have had a storm the past couple of years, with some losses and some medical trials, yet I know others who have had some of their own. As we walk through them together, it becomes clear it’s only a valley we are walking through, and the other side is pure beauty. And storms can prepare us for unexpected things in the future, things that lead to joy we weren't expecting. Nothing seems quite as frightening, when we aren’t alone. So lean on each other, make time to find out about others’ storms, and grab an umbrella and go for a walk (after the lightning stops please!!). Somebody needs you.
“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” (Matthew 8:23-27 NIV)
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted