The snow started pouring down. Heavy, wet flakes that I didn't know were coming. My 16 year old was supposed to be somewhere about an hour later, and I was concerned that the visibility, that kept getting worse, would be too much for her inexperienced driving self. I called my husband and let him know of my concerns, asking if I should drive her instead. "Nah" he said. "This will pass".
And... he was right.
In less than 15 minutes, the snow had stopped, visibility was restored, and my worries about her being out driving subsided.
It didn't take me long to apply this scenario to life.
The truth about me is that I tend to see the heavy flakes coming down in front of me and that is all I can see. I get anxious and fearful about the lack of visibility. I worry about the treacherous path in front of me. I react to the immediate rather than waiting. I usually don't even think about the possibility (probability!) of the storm passing.
My smart hubby knows something about waiting for a minute to watch what the weather does. He trusts in the passing of time. He recognizes that most weather patterns shift pretty quickly. I tend to think that I'm going to be in this storm "FOREVER"! That this is the "WORST STORM EVER"!! I get caught up in immediate solutions - "What are we going to do about this NOW??" rather than "Let's pause and wait and see what happens."
The truth is, I never really see the benefits of the storms. I would prefer that the weather be calm and peaceful and never-changing. I would like there to be nice weather now, AND nice weather predicted. I found a great verse in Nahum 1:3 that is encouraging to me. The whole chapter talks about the Lord's feelings towards a city that was misbehaving in a big way. The verses describe the Lord as powerful, one who will demand obedience, but also a God who is full of love and patience. Tucked into the passage in verse 3 it says that "the Lord displays his POWER in the whirlwind and the storm". Well. WOW. This is saying to me that the storm has value. It has purpose. It is where God's POWER is displayed.
Verse 7 says "The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble(STORMS) comes.
He is close to those who trust in Him".
God is POWERFUL in the storm and He is PRESENT in the storm. How much I will miss if I avoid the storms. If I run in the opposite direction of the storm. If I whine and complain throughout the storm. When I trust Him in the storm, He will get me to the other side of the storm with His power and His presence.
"The storm will pass".