The claps of thunder were so loud that our entire little house trembled as if being shouted at by its voice. While the storm sparked interest in mine and my daughter’s eyes, my two year old did not share our fascination. He literally trembled in fright as the storm continued to rage on and on for the span of half an hour. He is horribly frightened by storms. We rocked and he calmed as he was held tightly in my arms. As the dark clouds gave way to lighter ones, we ventured outside in the closing hours of sunlight to witness the splendor that is a late evening rain shower.
Everything was fresh, and the once stagnant humid air had turned light and new again.
The sun acted as a spotlight to all the now clean leaves and flowers.
I showed my son the glory of the storm in the clear water washing everything clean again. Attempting to increase his understanding and calm his fears, I explained how God sends the rain to us… sometimes in sweet showers while other times in strong storms.
But all the while, there is purpose in every drop.
And the beauty of the Lord shines brightly in the lightening bolt as well as the freshness after the rain.
My relationship with God is closer than it has ever been before in my life. That’s what He wants of us, right? Grow closer to Him every day in the big and small things. I’m truly learning to be quiet, to seriously hush and listen because He speaks constantly… in the rain storm, in my Bible reading and yes, even in apple butter! He always has a word for our hearts, always.
There are times I actually feel like He is literally holding my hand as I walk, just as I do with my son or daughter, and I feel that same peace and comfort they feel with me.
Oh, there are most certainly snares on this path. They are right there just waiting for me to get close enough for them to grab hold. There are conflicts and demons in my past that keep calling at me to turn around, to let go of that hand and return to dwell in their darkness. And yes, there are times when I feel like I’m a big girl and can handle things on my own. I let go of that hand and strike off on my own, oftentimes choosing the wrong turn ahead, and just like my son in the thunderstorm, I come running back to the safety of His arms.
His arms are always open.
I pray today you are holding that mighty hand as well. Knowing its peace and comfort.
My day started off with a stress-filled heart over issues at work that presently cloud my days (seriously need a Calgon day here!). Still, He uses my thoughts of the storm and the beauty in His word to bring me to the realization that He is here. He sees my workload, and He will prosper my time as I put my head down to dig in and get it done. My goal is to be completely caught up in order to go on vacation without the worry of work tagging along in my suitcase, and I know that desire of my heart will be fulfilled as long as I work hard to see it through.
He tells me that “…the desire of those who work hard will be satisfied.” Proverbs 12:4
Listen to His voice today. Place your hand safely in His hand. Have a task that is stressing you, roll up your sleeves and dig in. He will most assuredly bless your efforts!