I read another blog that really touched me and brought back memories of writing this poem. I’ve always been attracted to rain and storms of all shapes and sizes. While some people can become terrified and literally dread the coming of a storm, I relish in it. The smell of it’s approach, the wicked colors of the sky, the varying degrees of severity as it swoops in and then effortlessly moves on. It’s soothing…comforting. Sometimes I think it’s because the rain drops perfectly mask my tears, while other times, I think it’s a reminder that storms don’t last forever…and they have their purpose. For the garden to grow, for the flowers to bloom for the trees to continue stretching towards the skies – we need rain. Do we always need a hurricanes or tornados? No, but sometimes…we do. We need someone to shake us – rattle our worlds, turn us upside down, make us realize what is important in life. And if we don’t stop to figure out what the storm is trying to reveal, we miht as well just plan for yet another.
Just as Mother Earth repairs herself with quakes and storms, God gives us the opportunity to repair ourselves by revealing things to us. We call them storms but it’s really just an opportunity for an awakening. We all sin. Each and every one of us. It’s a given. God knows it, I know, and you oughta know it. And when we sin, we let the devil in. Not that we are possessed but we are deceived, and if you think you aren’t…well…that just proves my point. We make excuses to justify our sins, make them not seem so bad. We think we can always repent later. That God understands our faults. Yet be warned that freewill does have a price. We are so spoiled. We just want what we want and we want it now. We are an instant, ‘gotta have it now’, ‘gotta have it how I want it’ society. Look back in history at the pain and suffering – holocaust, war, starvation, true and utter poverty – what we go through is nothing! Why are we waiting to realize how God wants us to live? Maybe we can’t stop sin completely but we can resist sin…and God will be there every step of the way. We can turn to our Father God. We can ask Him to teach us how to live from our spirit instead of our flesh. We can ask Him to help us live with loving and forgiving, transparent hearts. Admit our faults to one another. Be real, not instant. Be of love, not of greed.
I haven’t seen my last storm…you haven’t either. But of all of the storms I’ve ever been through in my life, I thank my friends who have always been there with me…to hold the umbrella, hand me a towel, or give me a big wet hug when I needed it. And above all, I thank God for never giving up on me.Tears & Raindrops What is it about the rain, Every time it falls down? How does it erase away my pain, And free me from all I’m bound? What drives this magical force? Tell me, cause I want to know. It sets me back on a straighter course, Renews from the depth of my soul. The rain somehow disguises, How imperfectly I’m made. Because there are no happy surprises, After the fantasy begins to fade. Tears and raindrops; no one can tell them apart. One comes straight from heaven, the other straight from my heart. Tears and raindrops; no one can tell them apart. Pouring down on me like a melody, in perfect rhythm with my heart. How it works I really don’t care, Gotta let heaven do its’ thing. And when it all gets too heavy to bear, Gonna let it wash away, under the rain. ~ Angela Nichols 03-17-10 “Then Job answered the LORD : ‘I am unworthy—how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth. I spoke once, but I have no answer—twice, but I will say no more.’ Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm: ‘Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. Would you discredit My justice? Would you condemn Me to justify yourself? Do you have an arm like God’s, and can your voice thunder like His?'” ~ Job 40:3-8 “As fire consumes the forest or a flame sets the mountains ablaze, so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm. Cover their faces with shame so that men will seek your name, O LORD.” ~ Psalm 83:14-16 “Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.” ~ Psalm 107:28-30 “When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.” ~ Proverbs 10:25 “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. “O afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will build you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with sapphires. I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones.” ~ Isaiah 54:10-12 “The LORD is slow to anger and great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet.” ~ Nahum 1:3 Jesus calms the storm – Matthew 8, Mark 4, Luke 8 “The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong, and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.” ~ Isaiah 58:11 “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~ John 8:32, NLT “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.”” ~ Jeremiah 17:9-10 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” ~ James 1:2-8 “The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words.
I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss.
Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him!” ~ Lamentations 3:19-24 NLT