A Break in The StormThursday, February 18, 2016
This break in the storm reminded me of something a sweet friend said to me the other day. As she bounded in my door for a girl’s movie night, she said, “I almost feel guilty for having so much fun!” Oh, did that comment put a smile on my face! It was obvious that she was filled with joy from the Lord. What a gift it was to see her enjoying herself. You see, my friend is in the middle of a terrible storm. Filled with grief over the loss of her husband, she has been traveling the path that no one would choose. She has had many dark days, and nights, that I cannot even imagine. Grief, though necessary to experience on our journey to healing, is not a welcome emotion. But, I have also seen such strength in her. Though her sorrow is great, I have witnessed how she has leaned into and gained strength from the Lord.
During this time of suffering, God has been tenderly caring for her, showering her with His love in a way that only He can. And so, when she joyfully entered my home the other day, I knew that God was giving her a much-needed break in the storm. What a gift!
We all need those. Sometimes the road we are traveling is wrought with treacherous terrain. Storms come unexpectedly and stop us in our tracks. As we weather the trials that come our way, we can sometimes feel as if there will be no end to our pain. However, God promises us that He is always with us. He is walking right by our side in our suffering. Often, He is carrying us when we feel we cannot take another step forward in the hurricane that has become our life.
God promises us great joy ahead! There is always hope. As we turn to Him in our trials, pressing in and hanging on, He will protect us from the elements, which threaten to wear us down. When our days become the darkest, He will bless us with a break in the storm. Our grief is not gone, but as He comes alongside of us, He will comfort us and help us to see and feel the joy that He so lovingly gives us.
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