Tuesday morning, and here I am fresh off of last night’s storms! For Regina, Southern Saskatchewan, and Southern Manitoba last night brought a lot of darkness, some very heavy rains, and even tornadoes.
As for me, I found myself in the midst of the downpour and darkness up on a ladder, fixing a damaged eaves trough that was funneling all of the rain straight down over a window well for one of my basement windows. All of this, only after using two large garbage cans to collect and bail the water, over and over again, while waiting for a lull in the storm, and then finally obtaining a big enough ladder to fix the problem. Absolutely soaked and cold. Crazy night, but the end result was no water coming in through the basement window. Very happy! 🙂
Personally, I find it interesting how often our physical life mirrors our spiritual life! The storms of life and the storms of the soul! Have you ever been in that place where just nothing brings you peace and comfort? Where everything is dark? Where people just seem to take from you, and never give in return. Always needy. Where ingratitude seems to raise its ugly head nearly every hour of the day? Sometimes the storms seem to never end, and the thought of a rainbow seems hopeless? Sadly, it’s at that point, when your character is being built, that many people give up or quit!
For two days in a row my devotion has been on just that. Walking through the storms and the darkness of life, so I thought I would share those devotionals with you, and hopefully, if you’re in the midst of a storm now, you’ll find some encouragement from them too.
“His way is on the whirlwind and the storm.” – Nahum 1:3
“I remember when I was a young person attending school in the vicinity of Mount Pleasant. One day I sat on the side of the mountain and watched a storm as it moved through the valley. The skies were filled with darkness, and thunder began to shake the earth. It seemed as though the lush landscape was completely changed, and its beauty gone forever. But the storm passed quickly and soon moved out of the valley.
If I had sat in the same place the following day and said, ‘Where is that intense storm and all its terrible darkness?’ the grass would have said, ‘Part of it is in me.’ The beautiful daisy would have said, ‘Part of it is in me.’ And all the other flowers, fruits, and everything that grows in the ground would have said, ‘Part of the storm has produced the radiance in me.’
Have you ever asked the Lord to make you like him? Have you ever desired the fruit of the Spirit and prayed for sweetness, gentleness, and love? If so, then never fear the fierce storms that even now may be blowing through your life. Storms bring blessings, and rich fruit will be harvested later.” – Henry Ward Beecher.
Devotion # 2
“Have you entered the storehouses … which I reserve for times of trouble?” – Job 38:22-23
“Our trials are great opportunities but all too often we see them as large obstacles. If only we would recognize every difficult situation as something God has chosen to prove his love to us, each obstacle would then become a place of shelter and rest, and a demonstration to others of his inexpressible power. If we look for the signs of his glorious handiwork then every cloud would indeed become a rainbow, and every difficult mountain path would become one of ascension, transformation, and glorification.
If we would look at our past, most of us would realize that the times we endured the greatest stress and felt that every path was blocked were the very times our heavenly father chose to do the kindest things for us and bestow His richest blessings. Gods most beautiful jewels are often delivered in rough packages by very difficult people, but within the package we will find the very treasures of the King’s palace and the Bridegroom’s love.” – A.B. Simpson