"When it rains, it pours...*sigh*"
Those words slipped from my lips. Then, I believe the Holy Spirit gave me a moment of clarity; and I was reminded of a video* I saw years ago:
There was a man covered in grime.
He was filthy and holding a holey umbrella.
Enter: thunder and lightening...
Irritation, and even fear, appeared on his face when the storms came.
He fought to stay dry under his umbrella.
He did everything in his power to avoid the downpour; but as the rain continued (and his coping mechanisms failed) the water finally reached him.
The cold shock and stinging of the rain.
The frightening thunder and lightening.
They were disturbing his perceived comfort, but as the storm pelted his sludge-covered body...the purifying water cleansed him.
Too often we fight against the storms of life, but God is able to use them for our good - and His glory. We must rest in His promises. He is the calm in the midst if the storm.
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;"
*I've tried multiple times to find this video online so I could cite the makers of the video and give them props.