I watched the storm off of my balcony. It was southwest of town and in the distance you could see the dark sky and the lightning, which would flash nearly every 10 seconds. I tried to get a picture of the lightning, but it was just to fast to capture the white streak across the sky.
The wind had begun to pick up and I knew that the storm was headed my way.
Watching the storm, I thought that nature and mankind are so much a like. In nature, storms produce heavy rain, snow, hail, sleet, thunder and strong winds. In our lives, we also produce storms of drama, shouting, screaming, adversities, hardships, grief and so much more.
Just like nature is not exempt from storms, we aren't exempt from them as well. We go through storms so that we can grow. These storms in our lives help us to grow closer to God, as well as growing in understanding ourselves better. They help humble us and force us to submit to the role that God has chosen for us.
As we go through these times, we need to continue praying; reading scripture(know that scripture is what keeps us from sinking); praise God for these trials; have faith(allow God to do something spectacular) and believe in miracles. We need to believe that God is still in the business of performing miracles.
As the thunder and lightning was getting closer, I decided to go inside and to batten down the hatches. I knew that after the storm, there would be a calmness, the air would be cleaner and there would be a freshness in the air and maybe even a rainbow. I just had to be able to ride through the storm.
Riding through the storm is like riding through the situations in our lives. I need to always remember that God will help me through my troubling times. I just need to trust Him and look forward to seeing that rainbow!