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Storms

Storms can be scary. Have you ever considered that although they can produce fear, life's storms can also produce tremendous growth?!

This week's thunderstorms turned blue skies to eerie greenish-gray. The wind kicked up and torrential downpours were mixed with dime-sized hail. Bright flashes of lightning were punctuated with continual peels of thunder. The perfect storm.

Today, it's easy to see that the much-needed rain has accomplished its purpose. Our grass seems to have grown an additional inch overnight. Flowers and foliage that had drooped in response to the recent heat, have never looked better. Although the storm was a bit frightening at times, the resulting rain has clearly produced growth.

How true in my spiritual life as well! It's usually the 'storms' that produce the most growth in me. Those situations that remind me--I am not the one in control. I remember the car accident that caused a back injury and a significant case of anxiety followed by depression. My goal was to get back to 'normal' as quickly as possible. But the Lord had other plans.

Over the course of several months, He showed me areas where growth was needed. Through Bible reading and prayer, I was reminded of the greatness of my God. "Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; show forth his salvation from day today. Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens," (Psalm 96:2-5; KJV).

He assured me that He loved me even though He had allowed something 'bad' to happen. From the words of the Old Testament to the New, His gentle voice spoke, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness," (Isaiah 41:10). "But God commendeth (showed) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us," (Romans 5:8; italics mine).

With the passage of time, my faith was restored and my trust in God grew. I understood the importance of relinquishing control of my life to the One who gave it to me in the first place.

The definition of 'storm' is "a violent disturbance or upheaval," (The American Heritage Dictionary). Would I sign up to endure a storm in my life? Absolutely not. Yet in His wisdom, the Lord knows just what it will take to help me become the person I need to be for His honor and glory. And sometimes that includes life's storms. The result? Wonderful growth that's worth every bump and jolt!

Are you allowing life's storms to produce growth in you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for the storms of life. Help me to see the value of the growth that accompanies every storm, and be submitted to Your will. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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Austin Gardner June 20, 2011 at 01:49 AM
Great encouragement! Thank you very much. Austin
Regan Case June 21, 2011 at 11:34 PM
Amen! Through all the storms in my own life, great God-given blessings have derived. It is those very tough, trying times that make us refocus our priorities, remember who is in control, and cause our faith to grow.
Linda Meade January 12, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Hi Maria, Loved this post and it has really made me think! It has been during my toughest and painful times I have grown the most and my faith has grown. The Lord brought me out of my comfort zone and I am thankful. Blessings sweet friend.

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