When Facing The Storms of Life

I remember as a little girl, sitting on our back porch with my Dad, watching thunderstorms move across our neighborhood. It would be a tradition I pass on to my children as they grew up.

East Coast storms were the best. They would develop out of nowhere and pour buckets of rain and hail in our yard at any given moment.

There was even the time while we were stationed in Virginia Beach that a hurricane was stalled outside the Chesapeake Bay for days, bringing not only tons of rain but four small funnel clouds dancing across our skies.

Neighborhood moms were yelling for their kids to go inside and take cover. Not me, I was calling for my kids to come outside and look at these four sisters as they glided over our house.

Even now, if there is a storm in our area, you won’t find me running from it. You will find me outside watching the amazing show put on by the heavens.

Storms Can Be Difficult To Weather

For some of us, storms can be difficult to weather.

Those storms are the personal ones. They knock us down causing us to sit dazed and confused.

“Let us not be surprised when we have to face difficulties. When the wind blows hard on a tree, the roots stretch and grow the stronger, Let it be so with us. Let us not be weaklings, yielding to every wind that blows, but strong in spirit to resist.” – Amy Carmichael

They come out of nowhere, making us feel weak and alone, as they pour down their wrath on finances, relationships, and our physical bodies.

They leave us anxious and emotionally drained feeling at any moment we will be overtaken and swept away.

Personal Storms

As we experience the personal storms in our life, it’s hard not to take cover and run in the opposite direction.

But I have found if we face these storms head on, sometimes the effects are not only easier to deal with, but in some cases, they can even make us stronger.

“Sometimes when we’re in a dark place, we think we’ve been buried, but we’ve actually been planted.” ~ Christine Caine

There is a difference between being buried or planted, and in the storms of life, we need to try to keep a positive perspective.

Buried or Planted?

What happens when we bury something?  When we bury something, it tends to mean it’s over or done.  There is no life left in it.

Now consider what happens when we plant something.  We expect it to grow and get stronger.  We nurture, water and wait for something to emerge.

Growth takes time when something is planted. It can be dark and lonely before the first shimmer of light breaks through the cold hard ground. It takes patience on our part as we wait for a sign of life, but dig your roots in and know; it will come.

As we go through life, we will endure many storms.  But I have found one of the secrets of surviving the storm is how we face them.

Will we allow the storm to bury us or will we plant ourselves?  The answer could make all the difference in the world.

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