Life Through The Storms

Without rain, nothing grows. Learn to embrace the storms in your life. Throughout our calendar year, the weather changes constantly. Some days are clear and sunny others are filled with clouds and storms. We also have seasons of rainy days and seasons of drought. But each day and week comes with its own weather pattern and we learn to adapt to it. Landscapers, farmers, and construction workers have all learn to adapt to the weather. They have plans if it rains, snows, or is extremely hot. When it rains they find other work to do in the office. If it snows they bundle up, drink warm beverages, and work through the cold. If it’s hot they bring jugs of water, take lots of breaks, and wear lighter clothing. The point is people learn to adapt to the weather changes on a daily basis. It is a necessity for them and their careers. Not only do people who work outside adapt to the weather but everyday people do as well. It determines how we dress and what we do each and every day. So we are able to adapt to the weather that’s around us, but are we able to adapt to the weather that occurs in our lives.

Our lives constantly change just like the weather, one day it could be sunny and everything goes our way and the next a storm could hit and it may feel as though our world is crashing down around us. What we have to do though is take the good days with the bad and just keep moving forward. Sometimes we may go through a season of rainy days that seems as though it’s never going to end. We have to realize that storms can’t last forever and the sun will shine again, and that’s when you will begin to grow. Just like flowers, they have to have rain and sunshine to grow. In our lives, we have to have sunny days and rainy days in order to grow into the person God wants us to be. He will allow us to go through days and sometimes even seasons of rain; because He knows that in the end, it will help us to grow. The question is; how do we handle those seasons in our lives? To be honest I don’t handle them all too well, throughout my life when God has allowed me to go through stormy seasons I have tended to focus on nothing but the negative side of the situation. I begin to think that God no longer has a purpose or a plan for my life. It has taken me a long time to come to the realization that everything that God has allowed me to go through is preparing me for something great in the future, and that through the stormy seasons God is giving me time to grow into who I need to be to fulfill those plans. As I look back on some of the stormy seasons I’ve been through I see now why I had to go through them. They helped me to mature and see what the real world is like. I’ve had many seasons of sunshine in my life as well and those are the seasons that help me get through the stormy days. We always have to remember the good days while we’re going through the bad so that we never forget that the clouds will fade away and the sun will shine again. We have to remember that God will never give us more than we can handle and we have to always have faith the He will provide for us in every situation in our lives. It becomes so very easy for us to forget the good days when we’re in the middle of the storm. The rainy days and seasons can easily put us in a state of bleakness. We get blinded by them because we can’t see Gods greater plan, all we can see is our hand directly in front of our face and the rest is total darkness. I’ve been in that position before where it seems as though every time I took a step forward there would be a brick wall waiting for me to run into it and fall backwards. We have to realize though that maybe that brick wall isn’t there to stop us from reaching our dreams and goals; maybe it’s there to protect us from going down the wrong path. The thing is God knows far more than we could ever imagine, and what we may think is a punishment is really a blessing in disguise.

There are also times in our lives when we believe that our whole world is crashing down around us. Through my experiences I have found that when the walls have collapsed around you and you’re standing in a pile of rubble; don’t look anywhere but up. There have been so many times in my life when my walls have fallen around me and the first place I looked was towards my neighbors. What I have found is that in my mind it always looks as though they’re living in mansions and that they have everything they could have ever asked for, as I am standing in a pile of rubble clueless to what I should do next. What I have learned to do in this situation is to stop and realize that God doesn’t play favorites, that each of our lives is different, and that God has a plan tailor-made to who we are and what He wants us to do in. You can’t compare your life with anyone else’s, because when you do this you are putting Gods plan for you on the back burner and trying to be someone who He never intended you to be. People around you may seem as though they are living in mansions and that everything is going perfectly for them, but in all reality, they have or are dealing with the same hardships that you are. Everyone has had to go through rainy days and sunny days nobody has had a perfect life. It’s easy to sit and compare your life with someone else’s though, especially when you’re standing in a pile of rubble. We can’t do that though because we have to know and understand that we are blessed to be standing amongst the rubble and not under it. We are still living and breathing, so God still has a plan and a purpose for our lives. It’s easy to look at what others have and then turn around and look at your pile of rubble and start to get down about your life. In life, you will work hard to try and accomplish many things. You’ll put hours, weeks, and sometimes even years of work into accomplishing a goal or a dream and it may still collapse all around you and leave you with nothing more than a memory of the hard work and dedication that you put into it. But we always have to come to realize that the goals and dreams we tried to accomplish ourselves may not have been Gods plan for us and that one day He will rebuild our house and it will be perfectly made just for us. We will then understand why the old one had to be knocked down. It may have had an unsteady foundation, or cracks in the walls, or a leak. And God was trying to fix it before it collapsed on top of us and hurt us. God will allow the houses we tried to build on our own to collapse so that we can come to realize how much we really need Him in our lives. When He knocks it down though we always have to have faith that He will rebuild it and that it will be ten times better than it was before.

So, in the end, you will have some days filled with sunshine and others filled with nothing but rain. In every season though you have to realize that it takes both sunshine and rain to make things grow. Also, you have to realize that no matter if you’re standing amongst the rubble or in a mansion God is working in your life and has amazing plans for your future. God doesn’t allow events to occur in your life for no reason, everything happens for a reason and God always has a purpose for your life.

brown and beige wooden barn surrounded with brown grasses under thunderclouds

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