Waiting On The Sunshine
I hope your 2023 has started well. We are recovering from an EF3 140mph tornado that swept through our town, leaving a several-mile-wide path of destruction. But, as with anything in life, we have begun to move on. Storms are all around us, and many are falling away from following the Lord.
We have to go through the storms to see the sunshine. That was a quote from the late Herman Cain. He helped turn several companies around, including Godfather’s Pizza. He also served on the Federal Reserve Board in Kansas City and later ran for president. Cain grew up poor in Memphis, Tenn. So, he understood what it meant to ride out the storms to see the sunshine.
When You Know It’s Near
Before the tornado mentioned above arrived at my house, I had already heard the familiar freight train sound growing closer. Immediately I thought surely that thing wouldn’t come near me. After all, I am prayed up, and God has been so good to me. Yet, despite that, the storm headed right for my neighborhood. I had already shifted into intercession and thanked God for His mercy.
Before it even arrived, my daughter and I were in prayer mode, speaking peace and commanding the storm to leave. It left but not before it fell several trees nearby. No one was injured in my area, but some were trapped nearby. This was a terrible storm, and I don’t know why I stood in front of a glass door praying instead of hiding in the hallway as we are taught.
I had no fear, and something had gripped me to pray and believe that it would pass over and not touch down. Thankfully the city wasn’t demolished. Many had trees on their homes, and some businesses lost roofs. Then there was the loss of power. Despite all of that, we did not complain.
After The Storms
The next few days brought the familiar sounds of chainsaws, generators, and the deep darkness of the night. There was the ever-present smell of pine filling the air. Soon our power was restored, and many businesses opened up. During the process, there has been a heavy presence of law enforcement and power crews from other locales.
When you go through a storm, it is never easy. But, before you know it, it has passed, and now you have to do something- get back in the game called life. The post-storm life is always full of opportunity, and we never know what the outcome will look like.
Never The Same
My city and neighborhood will never be the same. I will never be the same, having gone through what I did. I could have never made it to write this without the Holy Spirit. I wish I could have stopped the destruction, but I believe it is an opportunity for God to bring change to the region.
Apostolic work is supposed to bring maturity to the church. How we handle duress, stress, and the storms of life is often the result of our level of maturity. Complaining and whining do not help us get through the storm and grow from the experience. Neither does blaming God.
God didn’t send the tornado, but He allowed it, and we cannot fully hope to understand all associated with it now. But as a loving Father, he wants the best for us, and he loves when we come together and help one another in times of distress. Helping others and not being a hindrance indicates that we are growing and useful for the kingdom of God.
We Have A Choice
No matter what storms you face, you have a choice in how you handle them and how you come out of them. Remember that the sun will shine again, no matter what it looks like today. God is always testing and trying us; the enemy is always using everything available to stop us.
We can choose to trust God or give in to what we see with our natural eyes and fall away and let the enemy win. Storms will always be here until Jesus returns. So let’s allow the Holy Spirit to be our guide to navigate the storms, trials, and tests that come our way. Enjoy the process because God is enjoying it with you!