1.28.2013

Monday's Musings

I can make you a promise. 

You will encounter storms in life. No one's immune. We all go through them. 

The question is, how will you fare during them?

Right now, I'm in a stormy season of life. I can see the dark clouds looming. Both my parents and my husband's father are battling health issues. Some pretty serious ones. My father-in-law has lived longer than the doctors expected. We are so grateful. But the end is still coming. 

My mom is battling broken vertebrae and infections. My dad just had a seizure. He's never had one before. 

And I'm torn. 

I live 3 hours from my folks and just over 2 hours from my in-laws. I can't be at both places at once. 

And I have my kids to care for. To walk with through the valley of the shadow of death. This will be the first time they've lost someone close to them.

Sometimes the storms get old. We want a break. Relief. To come out on the other side. 

We will. But we don't know when. That's the hard part. We can begin to despair. To worry. To lose hope. To feel overwhelmed. 

I know. I've been there.

I have to admit, though, in the midst of all this, I'm strangely peaceful. The bible says we can have peace that passes understanding. I think that's what's going on with me. It sure isn't me who's making me peaceful. I'm really good at worrying.

But my circumstances are so hard, that I just know God's up to something. He doesn't give us more than we can bear. Although there are times we may think He has. 

It's during the trials, the storms, the pain, that we can learn to go to God for comfort. To ask what He wants us to learn. To ask that we live strong for Him. 

Eventually, the clouds will break. The storm will subside. 

And if we can look up, we may see a gorgeous rainbow over our rain soaked lives. Seeing it by our self is wonderful. But how much more when many others can see the rainbow and exclaim in excitement about how beautiful it is. About how God has worked through the storm.

I may have to put up pictures of rainbows around my house. Why? Because I want out of the storm like most people. 

That's not happening right now. So I need to keep my focus on the end result. On God. On eternity. 

And for me, the rainbow tells me that God will bring good out of the pain, the suffering, the heartache and the headaches. 

So, what about you? Are you willing to ask God for strength to make it through your storms? Have you seen the rainbow of comfort? 

I'd love if you want to share about a current struggle you're having or about a rainbow you saw after the struggle was over. 

And most importantly, remember that God's love for you isn't determined by whether or not your life is trouble free. No, His love is always there. Just sometimes we miss it. 

Praying for you to find strength to face another day. Another battle. 

And for a rainbow or two to appear above your rain soaked life. 

Mary

 






8 comments:

  1. Mary, I absolutely love this post! I needed to read it right now. You seem to know that, though. Each time I stop by your blog, I find something that I need to read at that exact moment. I'm in a storm. And like you, I don't see an end to it anytime soon. But also like you, I'm trying to keep my mind focused on the prize that's to come. Love you, sweet friend!

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    1. Jamie, I'm so glad what I'm going through is an encouragement to you! When we're together, I'll describe what a rainbow looks like to you! It's so beautiful. The colors are so brilliant against the dark storm clouds.

      I'll be praying for you Jamie. Sorry I won't see you this weekend.

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this. It is always so wonderful to be reminded of God's goodness, even in times of suffering. You are in my prayers.

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    1. Thank you Susannah. Your prayers are much appreciated. God is good. I'm resting in that right now.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Sorry you're going through such storms these days. But you're right. God is always with us in the midst of it--even when we don't see or feel it.

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    1. Thanks Ellen for your encouragement! Hope you have a great weekend.

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  4. Praying for you--spread thin and hard is a challenge. Thanks for such a beautiful post.

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  5. Praying for you--spread thin and hard is a challenge! Thanks for your encouraging words and lovely photos!!

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