As a young child, I disliked thunderstorms. The loud claps of thunder, bright lightning strikes, and gloomy skies put me in a state of unease. In fact, I despised thunderstorms so much that I would often seek out a comfortable place to hide willing the storm to pass by quickly. If I could avoid the storm, I would do anything in my power to make that happen.
As much as I remember hating storms, it never failed that after each one passed, I would beg my parents to let me play in the puddles. I loved jumping up and down, splashing in the water, and dancing in the rain without a care in the world. Looking back, it amazes me that something that terrified me so much ultimately led to something pleasurable in the end.
Come to think of it, that is often what happens in the lives’ of Christians. In life, there is going to rain. God walks each one of us through painful storms- unforeseen circumstances, anxieties, and fear producing situations in hopes that we will come out on the other side and see a rainbow. God sees the beauty in every situation before we are capable of seeing it. He hears our cries and he knows the outcome of every storm that we walk through as believers.
As children of God, there is never a moment that we are not under his ever present care. He is always, always, always there. In painful situations, we can cling to this truth. We may even learn a lesson from the storms that we walk through.
Instead of hiding from the storm, I have learned to rejoice. I have discovered that I do have a choice. Trust in God all the way through, and he may just give you lots of joy, too.