When the storms of life come, where do you go for shelter? We go to the one that never leaves us or forsakes us.
Not long ago, I went through two very big storms. We evacuated Florida to avoid Hurricane Irma and in the midst of our evacuation, another storm hit. As I navigated through the storms, heart heavy and discouraged, the Lord lifted me up and out of the pain and into his loving arms.
As I rested there, asking Him “Why” I knew I may not get the answers right away, but I knew I could trust Him and His plans for my life. He doesn’t waste anything, not even the storms.
Romans 8:28(NIV) “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
If we truly trust our savior and know He has great plans for us, when those storms arise, we go to HIM. We can be confident that He knows what’s best for us. He will work it out in our favor and for His glory.
I am not saying the storms are easy, because they aren’t. Let’s be real. The struggle and pain can be great. But God’s plan is even greater and if we trust in that, it helps us navigate through the storm to a place of healing.
My place of healing this week was in the mountains of North Carolina with dear friends that walk intimately with Jesus. What a gift they have been as we waited for the storm to be over.
“I look up to the mountains-does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth!” Psalm 121:1-2
In life, there have been many times I have cried out to God “Lord I can’t handle one more thing.” I remember praying and telling the Lord that He must have me confused me with someone else that was stronger than I am. The pain was so great, I just couldn’t see how He would allow one more thing to happen.
Then, just as I was navigating through this last storm, another one hit. As I sat listening to the words of Mathew West’s song “Strong Enough” the other day, I could so relate. The whole point is that when we aren’t strong enough, HE IS.Sometimes we have to hit rock bottom so that we are forced to look up to HIM. Click To Tweet
He is the one that is strong enough, full of grace and able to transform our lives. When we are weak and ready to give up, He gives us the strength to do all things.
Philippians 4:13 “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
It didn’t make it easy or less painful, but I know that I am His princess, called by Him. I can trust Him because He is a good good father and He knows what is best for me. He loves me so much-completely- unconditionally. This truth is healing and helps me navigate through the storms of life.
We will all have storms and unfortunately, sometimes they are manmade ones. Caused by our own sin, bad choices or the bad choices of those we love. Whatever the storm is, we have the power and victory to come through the storm stronger and more refined.
I can see where the Lord used every tear and situation to mold me and refine me.
Philippians 1:6 (NIV) “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
I have to remember that when I fail, I can be my own worst critic and judge myself much harsher than I would anyone else. I also have to choose to forgive myself, otherwise I stay in the pits. I have to keep my eyes on Christ, repent and draw close to the Lord. When it is the hands of others that have caused my pain/storm it is just as important that I forgive them. Otherwise, I stay in a place of unforgiveness, sin and pain.
I must choose to forgive myself and others and let go for my own sake. The truth is, sometimes, the other person may deserve punishment, judgement etc, but that is for God to decide, not us. I don’t want anything to inhibit my freedom, joy and peace. God is clear that it is a sin to stay in unforgiveness (of ourselves or others).
There have been times I have had to repeat these steps because the hurt will resurface and the feelings of unforgiveness will flood my heart once again. I then choose to take it to the Lord as many times as it takes and pray for those that have hurt me.
I know when I have sinned my old reaction was to pull away from God because I didn’t feel worthy of his Love. That is a lie of the enemy. We do not have to do anything to deserve His love. We simply need to repent and draw near to him which allows us to be strong enough to overcome temptations in the future.
Is there someone you need to forgive for causing a storm in your life? Have you been hurt and feel like you can’t forgive the person for hurting you?
Forgive them-it will set you free.
If we keep our eyes on Christ, stay in the Word and in fellowship, it gets easier to overcome temptations. These storms have been a great reminder of my need to draw closer Him, stay in His presence and ignore the lies of the enemy. I am His favorite daughter and I know He loves me so much!
We are strong enough with HIM! YOU ARE HIS FAVORITE CHILD! LIVE IN THAT TRUTH!