Sunday, November 16, 2014

No Matter Which Season You're In: Encouragement For The Storms Of Life



Encouragement In The Storms Of Life





I wish that everything in life went perfectly.
The way we all planned it to go...

Instead, often I should say, there are days, weeks or even months+ where life seems to have a 'will' of its own. Turbulent storms that cause your outlook to darken so much that you can't see properly anymore.

It isn't always for lack of trying. I have known many devout Christians, who have worked tirelessly for the Lord, yet their lives have faced many storms of various sorts. Ones that I have never, or would never hope to, come up against in this lifetime.

The reality is that storms come to all of us. Whether we would like to 'wish/pray' them away, and although some may be avoidable by altering our behaviour, and others may be minimized by pressing through, the Word does guarantee tough & challenging seasons for the righteous & the unrighteous. For all, regardless of who you are.



Matthew 7:24- (NLT) 24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”


Notice in the above passage, that the storm came to both homes?
Both of them experienced the torrents, floodwaters, and the winds beating down.
BOTH had a season of, what I can only imagine, would be unprecedented & unforeseen challenges to their original life plans.

The passage doesn't give us answers why. Although many biblical passages indicate that this is simply the result of a fallen & broken world, there are many MORE biblical passages giving us personal comfort, than there are trite explain-away-everything shallow arguments for the ongoing suffering & pain in our world.

A baby that doesn't live to see its mother's first hug...
A mother that leaves this earth far before her children grow up...
Car accidents that splinter beloved family members between the eternal & the here & now...

These are just a few that I know personally or through friends. Honestly, I could make this list of heart wrenching circumstances that people wake up to endless, and it would become downright depressing.

I myself have experienced my own deeply wounding life circumstances, that have left my soul bleeding, & searching out answers. Asking those I look to for spiritual counsel the most asked question on the planet, "WHY?"


As we read the passage above, we see that the one who built his/her life on the solid foundation still had a house standing after the storm's furor died down. No explanations were given for the storm however...

That the storm left & the home didn't collapse I see as a miracle.

I have personally found comfort in His Words; whenever read they can become 'building on the foundation' time for each one of us. 

Psalms. John 14. Even Revelation 21 can bring great comfort (where He will one day wipe away EVERY tear; restore every hurt & broken part of our lives)

If we come to Christ, He will not turn us away. Healing & strength for the here/now. Hope for our future. (see Isaiah 43:19/Psalm 27/John 6:37)

Wherever you are today, please know that you are not alone.
God sees your pain. He sees every tear that you shed. 
Often, moving past the 'why' of life's violently painful circumstances, can then help us move towards His inner healing. (sometimes a painstakingly slow process)

If you are personally still standing after life circumstances have beaten you down, we only have our Lord Jesus to thank for that.

However, if you are still in the middle of the torrents of waves, and feeling:
forgotten, alone, overwhelmed, discouraged, overlooked...

Do not give up.

I would encourage you to cry out to the One who loves you.
The One who is there waiting for you to run to Him with open arms.






8 comments:

  1. "Notice in the above passage, that the storm came to both homes?" I hadn't really ever thought of that before - the storm came to both. And as scripture tells us, if we are prepared, even if He returns as a thief in the night we will not be found surprised.

    BTW, I chose your blog from the blog share thread in the Inspired Blogging thread.

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    1. Thanks so much Birgit for stopping by :) I really enjoy finding new blogs as well from the Inspired Blogging threads as well...if you get this, what is your blog URL? I'd love to visit back :)

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  2. Thank you for this post - just what I needed at the moment. And also a nudge that my problems aren't that terrible compared to others.

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    1. Glad the Lord used it to encourage you somehow today. Thanks Jayne for stopping by & commenting :)

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  3. Thanks for this encouraging message Rachael. I think it is no coincidence that I just posted the story of giving birth to a child with a grave prognosis. The Lord allowed the storm and He was with us in the storm, giving us His comfort, grace, truth, love, and strength.

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    1. You're welcome Chanda. Something on my heart in this season as I watch loved ones walk through deep trials. & through my own. So encouraging to hear that He has been with you through this journey. Do you have a blog following your journey? I'd love to check it out :)

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  4. Thanks for this thoughtful and encouraging message. I understand about tough times and I am thankful for a God who holds us tight. Thank you for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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