The news story read like this:
“The center of the Tropical Storm has barely moved in the last several hours. That has meant a lot of flooding rains with some areas getting as much as 25 inches, and more is expected.” Think about the poor folks experiencing this deluge, caused by a storm system stalling out over their area. They must have wondered if the rain would ever stop.
Sometimes, life can feel that way. We all experience times when stormy weather sets in, and after a while you feel certain it’s here to stay. Pain, discouragement, tragedy and loss come pouring down in buckets and you can’t understand why God doesn’t just make it stop.
These are the times that our faith is tried and tested the most. We cry out to God, wanting to know why he is allowing our pain. We want answers, but all we get is more rain.
Maybe you are feeling this way right now. I can’t offer you answers, but perhaps I can offer you some hope. This will not last forever. Just as with the tropical storm in the news story mentioned earlier, your storm will move on. You may be left with some floodwaters and a mess to clean up, but you will get to a place where the rain stops and you can move forward with life.
During this time it’s essential that you cling to God with the assurance that he has not forgotten or forsaken you. Consider these words from Psalm 37: 7 & 28, “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him….” and, “For the LORD loves the just, and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever….”
In the midst of our storms, God promises us peace and strength. Listen to these verses from 2 Corinthians 12:9–10, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Let’s take Him at his word!