Life throws curve balls at us. Storms bring destruction whether natural disasters or hardships of folks relationships storming among them. Our routines are interrupted and our understanding of what is, no longer exists as it was.
One of the first things one learns after a tornado or hurricane takes the life you knew and rearranges it is that things matter so much less than you imagined. We lose our possessions, physically and our perceptions change. We have loss in ways we never imagined loss to show up. However, like the winter season, in a time of pruning, new growth begins to be found deeply within us if we release our attention from all that is blowing away.
Accepting and adapting to change is one of the essential skills of survival. Keeping your heart soft and focused on trusting God is life giving.
Whether it is an estate that must be handled, or drywall that must be stripped from a flooded home, often the challenges do not go away in our lives simple because we wish it. Each day we have so much to be thankful for. Each day God is still God even in the storm, even in the aftermath of each storm.
Grace, the ability of God’s power to be given through us to strengthen us, to serve others, to be fortified when we are weak…that is what we need in a storm. The Word promises us God’s love, God’s forgiveness and God’s provision even in the midst of unimaginable challenges…even when we cannot see what is down the road from where we are.
This week I pray for my friends that were in the paths of storms. Storms that took their homes. Storms that saw a baby’s death. Storms that came with a new diagnosis. Storms that meant jobs and homes were lost. Storms that meant the life they knew was no longer. Some of the storms were in the hurricanes path…many were in quieter places where no one noticed that life had just ravaged a heart.
I pray for our country and for the individual hearts to find comfort in God and for God to lead us all where ever it is He has for us to go. To keep me on the path He has for me and to give me the wisdom to do what His will is, where ever I am.