An Impromptu Message from Lisa…After the Storm

11 Jun

Lisa\'s PhotoGreetings Friends & Happy Tuesday to all!

Today is an absolutely beautiful day in my neck of the woods after a scorcher yesterday and a frightening electrical storm last night. It drove my family and I into one room where we huddled together in awe (and fright!) of God’s tremendous power. Trust me, we don’t do this for every storm, but the magnitude of this one commanded our full attention. We turned off everything! The lights, the computers, the tv’s, everything. And we didn’t make a sound…we simply listened, watched, and sat still.

I remember my grandmother doing the same thing when we were little. She’d have us gather in one room and told us to be silent in respect for God’s work. We would sit in silence, understanding as young children that a power greater than ourselves was ultimately in control. Grandma would sit with her eyes closed and arms crossed, rocking softly, and would pray and talk to the Lord until the storm passed. And surely the storm would pass just as last night’s storm did, opening up to a beautiful new morning and a fresh balmy feeling in the air. 

As I write this message, I realize how this relates so clearly to our daily lives and the promise it offers us when we’re confronted with storms…be they challenges in our families, in our marriages and relationships, in our health, in our minds, in our businesses and finances, in our nation, and in the world. 

Storms are inevitable and will surely come, but we must know and trust that peace, resolution, and healing will come in the morning. After the storm comes a beautiful new day full of choices, opportunities, and most of all…hope.

It is how we weather the storm that matters. Will we be restless, frantic, or pay no attention to the obvious rumblings of conflict and collisions brewing in our lives–just like the colliding hot and cold air systems that clash prompting the storm?

Will we keep moving without taking the opportunity to stop, listen, think, and pray deeply about our situations? Will we give the Creator time and space to do his/her work on our behalf. Or will we have to experience a full ‘power outage’ before we give our inner and outer lives–at the SOUL LEVEL–the attention and care that they truly deserve?

As each of you, including me, move through this beautiful new day TODAY (whatever the weather looks like outside), let’s do so with a grateful heart that we have been blessed with another opportunity to move forward, make changes and adjustments, and to grow.

Let us make a personal commitment to confront our challenges, our fears, and our storms with God’s help and with the help of those we trust. Let us prepare even in the midst of the storm for the BEAUTIFUL NEW DAY THAT WE CAN BE SURE WILL COME IN THE MORNING! 

And when it comes, as mine has come this morning with the shining of the sun and the singing of the birds outside my window, let’s EMBRACE IT with a grateful heart and a calm comfort knowing that we are loved, we are worthy, and we are able to do all things with effort, hard work, and most of all with God’s help!                      

Happy Tuesday!

Lisa

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