have you ever heard that term, when it rains it pours. that just might be the story of life. everything will moving along just peachy while we watch those first storm clouds roll in and before we know it we are in the middle of a monsoon.
i was volunteering up in nashville today and my second client was late. i sat on the couch in the waiting room and watched the rain pour down in buckets and run down the street like a river. i love watching it rain. i hate going outside while its raining, but i do love to watch it. we get some pretty powerful thunderstorms here in Tennessee and each storm is like a little nod to how mighty our God is.
as i sat in the window smiling about that very fact i was struck with the reality that when storms hit my personal life i think the very opposite about God. my first questions are, "where are you" and "why are you letting this happen to me?"
i don't have a big spiritual post to share today. just the truth that i'm convicted about not recognizing his greatness and ability to not only calm the storms, but walk on the water next to me while they are still raging. if in a small way my mess can be a testament to his power, my dizziness a hand pointed to the one who holds all things together, then i think thats where joy lives.
i believe in every season Jesus has a lesson for us, and here and now this is mine. no matter how ugly those clouds gets, no matter how hopeless it looks, i can have joy over it! 1 thessalonians 5:18 says "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." i love that it says IN everything not FOR everything. we don't have to be thankful for the things that hurt or wound us, we do have to be thankful in every curcumstance but guys! when your eyes are on the cross thats not even hard! NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT! the cross tells us that he is for us, and he has not left us here alone.
when everything feels like its falling apart i want to see the one who makes everything new and be confident in the wreckage that he has a purpose in all of this. at lifes hardest my Jesus is always his sweetest, full of mercy, correction and love.
Lord let us (me) see the Joy.