Since today is the 3 year anniversary of when I arrived here in the US to stay, I thought it would be appropriate to get back into writing. Sometimes I get into writing moods, and sometimes I go through a dry spell. I hope my next dry spell is shorter than 4 months…like, a week or two maybe? Oh well, I just write when the thought hits me.
A thought hit me this afternoon as I was driving back to school from Mt. Juliet. I’ll be living there during the summer, so I had just driven up for the weekend to get a few boxes out of my dorm room so I would have fewer things to move out at the end of the semester(which is in about three weeks!). Of course, as soon as I pull out of the driveway it starts to drizzle. Just a drizzle…ok, I can handle that. By the time I got to the other side of Nashville it was a downpour! i could still see in front of me pretty well, but it was getting pretty hard, so I was starting to get worried. I knew stopping on the side of the interstate could be more dangerous than driving in that mess. So I had to press on…and press on I did. I found myself praying, “Lord, just get me out of this storm!” How many times have I prayed that when I wasn’t referring to actual rain? Several times I’m sure! What I seem to forget though is that God has a purpose for letting me go through that storm in my life. I obviously can’t see it at the time. I may not be able to see the reason even after I have gone through it. But I have been assured that no matter what the storm is, God is there by my side.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? …For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor heights nor depth, nor any created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:35, 38-39
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” I John 5:4-5
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” – I Corinthians 10:13
I also seem to forget that my attitude during that time of storm makes a world of difference! As long as I worry, try to take control, or be negative about what I’m going through, it will only make it worse. If I do have faith that God is taking care of me, then I have no reason to do any of those things! I have been shown this in my own life so many times! I have been negative about certain situations and have taken control(or almost did) of them and things ended badly and I was even more miserable. However, as soon as I gave up control and acknowledged that God was in control and that I wasn’t going to worry about it anymore, things started to happen! And not surprisingly, things turned out way better than I ever expected!
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be the glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21
I did mention earlier that sometimes I won’t know why I went through a certain storm, but that doesn’t mean God didn’t have a reason. I’m aware that not every time I give up control things will go as I wanted them to or better than I wanted them to. However, I have made the commitment to my Lord that I will be faithful to Him until He calls me home or Jesus comes back to get us. So next time I’m going through a storm(and not the actual rain kind), I hope I have enough sense to pray, “Lord, give me a positive attitude and faith that You will get me through this!”