I have written about seasons in our lives, but like any season, there are occasional storms. In our physical life, these storms can cause damage to trees, our homes or even cause flooding. But often the storms drive us inside but bring life-bringing water. Storms in our personal life can be destructive but can also be instructive.
We all have experienced personal storms, where we are deluged by several situations occurring at once or one critical situation that worries us and take much of our attention. I have written before when I had become ill and thought I would be unable to return to work. This was a devastating time for me, but it was a chance for me to sort out what was really important in my life. That particular storm was both destructive but eventually instructive.
We are faced with trials, caused either by ourselves or others. The writer of Hebrews states; Endure hardship as discipline. – Hebrews 12:7 NIV. If we think of storms as a way to learn lessons, we can purposely look for the lesson. The writer of Hebrews goes on in verse 11; No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
The lessons can be a new outlook on life, a solution not thought of before, a demonstration of strength that you never thought you could achieve. It may even allow us to see the love and caring of others. It can build character and perseverance that we need for another time.
My current storm involves a threat of unemployment due to company reorganization. Whether I lose my job next week or not, I will consider it an opportunity to move on to the next chapter in my life. Like anyone, just not knowing is scary, but we cannot let fear paralyze us.
There is a storm in my life. I could try my best not to get wet, or I could learn to dance in the rain. I think I’ll dance. Yes, I will dance.