One of the greatest beauties I’ve found in this life is the sound of rain gently hitting the ground and watching it roll down my window, the overcast in the sky calming the earth below – but it hasn’t always been that way.
As a little one, I was very attached to my mom and got homesick whenever I left her to stay the night somewhere. So one night, when I stayed the night at my grandma’s house, I was pretty anxious – and then, it started to storm. My grandma would often have me sit on the porch with her during rain and storms to watch the lightning and take in the smell of rain, but this time, it was different.
Something that once brought me comfort and joy newly began to terrify me and bring me even more nervousness and anxiety. What was a five-year-old me to do but cry and beg to call my mom to come pick me up, which, without hesitation, she did. She drove to grandma’s, picked me up, brought me home, and comforted me. She held me through my pain.
Our God wants so much to do the same. Sometimes, He takes good things away; sometimes, He makes things that were once comfortable become uncomfortable; sometimes, He turns the soothing sound of rain on a Sunday afternoon to raging wind and treacherous lighting that wakes you in the middle of the night. Even though it can be really difficult to understand why, He makes these changes in our life for a reason.
Even if for nothing else, God leads us into into the storm, into troubled waters, into the desert so that he can hold us in our pain. He so desires to comfort His children because there is no greater institution of love than love born out of suffering.
My friends, if you’re currently in the thick of it – confused, lost, tired, in seeming ruin – this is not forever. Soon, you will see the beauty in the rain and the lightning stretching across the sky. Take comfort in the fact that your God is unable to want anything but the best for you, so whatever is causing you distress is part of a greater plan.
“The Lord will fight for you; you have only to keep still.” – Exodus 14:14
Always in love,