When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone,
but the righteous stand firm forever. Proverbs 10:25
Look what the storm dragged in!
Isn’t this snow wave wondrous?
A number of years ago, there were a few days in a row in which the winds blew – in wildly different directions! And when the storms abated, this.
Glory in frozen form.
The fields were dotted with mini geological formations of epic number and shape – tiny little deltas, fans of frozen ice. Snow bridges. Ravines. Wee little replicas of the Grand Canyon, complete with cliffs and jagged promontories.
And these – waves of all possible description and angle of repose and height and depth and breadth.
I have never seen formations so perfectly formed like that, or so widely situated before – or since.
Conditions had to have been perfect. Temperatures, amount of snow available to blow, texture of the snow – every factor worked together perfectly to achieve breathtaking results like these.
It was simply stunning. Mesmerizing. It drew words of instant worship, and powerful thoughts of God, because it was so organically beautiful. It was like wandering on a new planet.
So, friend – let me ask you this.
What is the storm dragging in for you?
How are the winds of change, the bitter cold, the amount of dampening circumstances working together to achieve something in your life?
Winds of change hurt the face. They sting. They cause confusion and set our teeth on edge. Tough circumstances blow us off course and challenge our sense of direction and perspective.
But they just may be scultping something in you that is beyond beautiful…
See, it is when we are blown off the trail that we search for signs of God’s direction. It is when our skin burns with shame or regret that we muster up the courage to make necessary changes. It is with the dark howl of hard circumstances that we learn to rely on Jesus, the Light of the world and Prince of Peace.
Don’t dismiss the power of what the storm can blow in.
Don’t give up while it is still dark and wild.
One day, you will be amazed by what those winds have built in you as you learn to rely on the goodness of God – even while it hurts. He will be your anchor, your safe place while the winds howl. And when the storms are gone, you will stand strong. Beautiful!
Trust in what the storm can build in you with me?
Father, You are good, even when storms rock us. Remind us that You are in the storm, designing beautiful character, drawing out deeper faith, producing glory and grace in us that shows off Your grace to others. Keep us watching for You in the dark places of life! Amen.