My sweet friend Kelsey sent me this quote and I wanted to share it with all of you.
"You may never learn to enjoy the storm, but you can learn to enjoy God's presence IN the storm."
How true is that?
I think so often about the storms of life and especially now that I'm walking through one myself. There have been times that I looked up and felt like on the outside I look and maybe seem completely normal, but on the inside I'm still in the middle of the storm.
There is never a moment of the day that Madeline is not on my heart and mind. She is constantly in my thoughts. Yet, I am trying so hard to come through this storm, with strength from the Lord.
I am still hurting, 10 weeks later. My heart is still broken. I still cry every day. But, I am not alone. So many people are hurting too. So many people are in the the eye of the storm.
Many of you have written me and told me your stories. I'm so thankful that as I write here and share my stories with you, you are writing and sharing yours with me. It means so much. Feel free to write me, I love to read your hearts.
It is evident that so many people are hurting, not just me. I have learned this and I am praying for so many of you.
What is it in your life?
Have you lost a child or are you struggling to have one?
Are you going through a divorce?
Is a loved one sick?
Did an adoption fall through?
Do you suffer from chronic pain?
Are you struggling to make ends meet?
Are you unsure of your future?
There are so many struggles. The list goes on and on.
And as I am getting older, there seems to be so many more storms entering the lives of the ones I love. There seem to be more in my life. And honestly, they seem to be all over the world.
It's in those moments, that I'm thankful that I know the One who can bring me thorough the storm. And I CAN enjoy His presence while I'm there.
As I listen to the rain hitting the window right now, I'm thankful that I'm safe and inside. The elements are not able to touch me because I'm under shelter.
God is our shelter from the storm. He is our hiding place.
I was listening to a CD that Heidi had made for me and I heard this song on there that really touched me. The chorus goes...
God sees the storm from the other side
He knows the lessons learned
And just beyond the clouds He sees clear skies
He speaks peace to the raging storm
When peace cannot be found
He already sees the rainbow when we see only clouds
And when the storms of life come crashing in and trouble me
I can feel God's arms around me and He whispers
Let it be, Let it be.
We don't always understand why we are going through these storms and we will never enjoy these storms. But, once we get through them, we can look back and remember we did make it through.
So, while your going through it, just trust in the Lord and enjoy His presence in the storm. He is holding you...... and me.
1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.