We have been having spring storms recently. Maybe you have also.
Do the stormy times in life work that way? It seems I am learning each day of tests and trials in friends’ lives. Loss of a spouse, death of a child, illnesses, brain cancer, and on and on.
I guess it makes us think of that age-old question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”
Oscar Wilde said this, “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”
That is not easy to think about when the “storm” is raging around you. Instead we like to ask, “Can this go away?”
I thought of the old, familiar story of the woman who complained, “God, you have given me too big of a cross. May I exchange it for a smaller one?”
She was taken to a room where everyone’s cross lay.
She tried several.
Some were too tall, another too heavy, one too rough.
She found a small, insignificant cross, just the perfect weight, which she knew was the best choice for her.
When God saw her carrying it, He said, “That’s the cross you carried in.”
The lesson being, everyone has personal trials and tests…Remember, they are made just for you.
Victor Hugo stated, “Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.”
There was quite a storm here last night, lightening, strong rains, and wind. Today, in the bright sunshine, the grass is greener, the trees beautiful. Truly, as my husband would say, “I saw God wash the world last night,” and it is a spectacular day!
In the little book of Nahum, chapter one, verse three, it says, “The Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.” A few verses later it says, “He is a strong hold in the day of trouble.”
Can we trust that He has His way in our storms? Yes!
A good thing to always remember is that there has never been a storm that didn’t end!
“May God give you–
for every storm a rainbow,
for every tear, a smile,
for every care, a promise,
and a blessing in each trial.”