Clearly I am not talking about the weather here, because it hasn't rained, much less stormed here in about...forever. I am talking about the storms of this world and our lives. This is actually the title of one of my favorite songs. It is by Casting Crowns, an amazing band, who always has just the right thing to say.
Anyway, I really love this song and its meaning. With all the craziness going on in this world people tend to question God. How would God let this happen? Why would a good God let this person be sick or that person die? Why does God let wars happen? I think the important thing to remember first is that God didn't do this. We did. Our sinful nature is what caused all the craziness (I think that is the best word to sum up all bad things) to begin in the first place. [Thanks Eve AND Adam!]
But during these storms it is important to rely and turn to the One who brings peace.
Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."Oh how I love this verse. I constantly keep this verse on my heart. It doesn't say everything in this world is going to be good, but it says God will use everything that happens for good. We may not see the good now, or ever in our life time, but it will be used for good. That can be our one hope during our storm.
I think of this a lot when people I love are sick or hurting. For example, if my loved one stays sick, or something goes wrong in surgery, or passes away, I try to think: What is God trying to teach me? What is God showing me through this person's life? I think to myself there is a reason this is happening. I almost feel it is my duty as a friend and a believer to seek what God is showing me.
I can say all this now, because I am not going through a major storm of someone being ill. It is always easier to think of these things when everything is going along just dandy. When I do have a storm, I will have to come back to this blog and re-read! But storms are not just sick friends. Storms are unruley children, sick babies, job loses, family decisions, anything really. Storms can be big and small --> a light drizzle or a Katrina. Whatever the storm, remember there is a reason and a purpose.
One of my favorite lines of the song is:
"And though my heart is torn, I will praise You in this storm."
"help comes from the Lord The Maker of Heaven and Earth"
Below are the lyrics to the Casting Crown's Praise you in this storm. Enjoy. :)
I was sure by now
God, You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's
As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper
through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls, I raise my
hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away
I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm
I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to you
And you raised me up again
My strength is
How can I carry on
If I can't find You
But as the
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away
I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
of Heaven and Earth