After the Storm

It’s interesting that God can use 3 days of rain to teach a spiritual truth. Storms have a way of bringing out the weakness in structures. When strong winds hit, we can see the structural weakness in the dying tree as it sways and branches break. In the worst storms, we can look around and see devistation as houses and buildings are leveled to the ground.

When the storm passes, the clean up has to begin. I don’t think anyone would say that it’s OK to stare at the destruction for 2 to 3 years without taking action. During this clean up process, we have to make decisions on whether we rebuild and how we can do things better.

When the storms of life hit, in the same way, we get to see the weakest parts of us. These trials bring up the unforgiveness that we didn’t know was there. It brings out our insecurities and our doubt that we didn’t see before. When the storms pass, we have the chance to address those issues head on.

As we come out of the toughest times in our lives, don’t ignore the weakness that you saw during the storm. Our lives and our faith are going through this constant process of refinement. Be honest before God in our weakness and allow Him to give us the strength that we don’t have. This is the process of surrendering to a loving God that wants every part of who we are.

“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”
-Luke 6:46-49

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