I’ve not written an article in quite some time. Why? Because I’ve been consumed for almost 8 weeks with recovering from major back surgery. God has taught me so much during this storm. I would like to share with you just a few of those lessons learned.
#1 God doesn’t always calm the storm. However, He always calms His child. In the midst of a constant battle I’ve found such great peace. Peace that is not dependent upon my ever changing circumstance, but peace that can only be found in a never changing God.
#2 God always has a purpose for the storm. We may feel we’ve just run into some bad luck or experienced an accident. However, nothing happens in our lives apart from God’s knowledge or allowance. With God there are no such things as accidents, but only appointments. God always has a reason for the season you’re going through.
#3 God plans to use the rain. By rain, I’m referring to the trials in your life. God uses things we face to wake us up, grow us up, and lift Himself up. Without rain your faith would never develop. In the midst of uncertainty you learn to trust God more. In the storm, God is developing you into the person He created you to become.
#4 God is still at work even if you feel sidelined. Often, we look at storms in life as nothing but a hindrance. But, maybe God is giving you a pit stop. He is allowing you the opportunity to reflect, regroup, and hopefully return back to life refocused. God is no less at work in the midst of the storm than He was before the storm. He does His greatest work through the storm.
#5 A lot needed to change. While I’ve been out of work and life as I used to know it, God has really opened my eyes. He showed me I was living life way too fast. He showed me I was missing meaningful times with Him. He showed me how to get back to being God-driven instead of self-driven. I’ve decided that I never won’t to return to life as I used to know it. Instead, I want to keep faith walking until the day God calls me home.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:2-4)(NLT)