Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Have you ever been in the middle of a storm? I don't mean just your average run of the mill rainstorm here. I am talkin' bout that storm that is so violent you can't see through the raindrops because there are so many and they are so fast and furious. I am talkin' bout the storm that creates waves that you know are gonna knock you right out of that boat you are in. The kind of storm that shoots lightening and bangs thunder and the skies become as black as night only it's early morning.
Well.....I am livin' in one of those turbulent storms right now. I go from step to step not knowing what is going to come flying around the corner ready to hit me in the face. I get to a point where I think I have it figured out and WHAM .... there is that reminder that not only do I not have it figured out, I don't even know where to begin looking for the answers.
But can I tell you the craziest thing? I have so much peace that I can't even really get ruffled. Seriously, God has just filled me with this peace that I can't explain, I mean couldn't try if I wanted to. Not only am I at peace, but He has reminded me that He is ALWAYS in control. Nothing that is happening to me right has surprised Him at all.
Aside from the peace He has instilled in me is the provision He has already laid before me. Do you know that before I can even get my mind wrapped around the next "problem" that He has already provided an answer. Do you hear that?!? God....yes my wonderful Father....already knows exactly what I need before I even know myself and doesn't wait for me to ask, no, He just provides it!
I heard this somewhere this week and it has just stuck in my head...
"Don't confuse your path with your destination. Just because it's storming now doesn't mean you aren't heading for sunshine."
How true is that! You know, the rainbow comes after the storm. The brightest sunshine, the wonderful smell of the grass and the dirt and the sun all the most noticeable after a storm. Even when the storm produces mass destruction, there is always something beautiful at the end.
This morning a friend sent me a message to read Psalm 91. I encourage you to read that today, but listen to just this little bit.
11-13 (ESV)"For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot."
Father I just thank You for the protection You place on my life Lord the provision that You put in place and that God You don't just provide what we need You pay attention to the little details those little things that make all the difference in our life and You bring that to pass and I just thank You that even in this storm I know that You are my Shelter that You will cushion my fall that You are already placing the sunshine on the path ahead so that I can feel the warmth and comfort of Your love now and see where You have pulled me through at the end Lord I just thank You and I love You and I trust You with every step before me