April showers bring May flowers, and if you live in the Oklahoma plains like my grandparents did, you often found yourself in the cellar during a tornado warning. I remember one particular spring weekend my grandfather taking all of us grand kids to the cellar as a storm blew in at Grandpa and Grandma’s house. I remember peering into the living room to see Grandma looking out the front windows of the living room as she prayed about the storm. Grandpa was calling to me and my cousin, “C’mon. Get down here.”
God desires for you not only to survive the storms life brings, but also to thrive once you come through them.
I remember the smell of the earth as we sit in the middle of the cellar. A few of Grandma’s canned fruits and vegetables leftover from winter lined the walls. Grandpa had his little radio tuned to hear some type of weather reports. But Grandma stayed in the living room, watching the storm and trusting God for the tornado to pass over her property untouched.
You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat, (Isaiah 25:4 NIV).
Rather than being anxious about the storm, I wanted it to hurry and pass so we could get outside and play in the puddles I knew would remain in the driveway. Less than an hour later, we received the all clear and my cousins and I scurried outside to enjoy what water was left standing after the heavy rain.
Storms are an inevitable part of life. God desires for you not only to survive the storms life brings, but also to thrive once you come through them. If you’re going through a storm today, settle yourself in the peace of God’s presence as the storm passes, and look forward to the joy He will bring to you once the storm is passed.
“A man is getting old when he walks around a puddle instead of through it.”