One rainy day, not too long ago, I sat on my front stoop as Cali took a potty break. The rain had been coming down all day and the skies were a dreary color gray. As I sat on my steps, I glanced over at the flowers sitting on a pot to my right. They looked like they had weathered a storm and they had. The rain had let up for a bit, hence my outside sitting, but it was clear that they had been roughed up with some heavy drops earlier in the day.
And I thought, “Isn’t that how life feels? But what’s that they always say? After the storm comes the sun?”
It was a nice, feel-good moment.
And then I thought, what a crappy cliché that is.
No, really, I actually have decided I strongly dislike that saying. What an annoying bandaid statement to throw at someone when they are being beat down. Well just wait, the sun will shine soon!
I mean, it’s true for my flowers last week. The next day it was sunny and they clearly appreciated the extra watering, standing taller and prouder than ever. And I could sit here and write to you about how our life is like that – we weather the storm and it’s for our good, blah blah blah.
But as I sat there looking at these flowers, I thought about the flowers in Seattle. Those flowers don’t see a whole lot of sun. In fact, they have a lot of gray skies. Or Antarctica. The flowers can’t even survive there because of the elements.
It made me realize that for some people reading this, you are a pot of flowers in Seattle and the rainy season in your life is long and hard. The drops hit you hard and your stems break and it feels like it’s never going to stop. And you know what, it may not. And that sucks and I empathize so greatly with you.
And for others of you, you’re a pot of flowers in San Diego and life is just about perfect. (Well, let’s pretend there’s not a drought going on.) But the rainy days are few, the sun is bright and you seem to have a constant bloom happening. And that is awesome, what a gift you have been given!
The reality is we can’t control the weather just like we can’t always control our circumstances. We may not know when the sun is going to come out next and we might be hanging on for dear life for just one more day. But as corny as this sounds, you’re still alive. Every day you wake up, you have another chance to live a day where the rain might stop, the clouds might part and the sun will shine on you.
For me, it’s worth the shot. It’s worth embracing and pursuing each day with the hopes that the storm is passing. It may or may not, but for now, my petals are still hanging on there. It comes down to attitude and perspective and we can either complain about the storms for hours on end or we can suck it up and dig our roots in and wait.
I love how Isaiah 25 reminds us that God weathers the storms with us and offers us protection. I feel like His presence is like a big umbrella. We hear the rain beating down and we still feel some of the raindrops and wind, but we are protected. He takes care of us even when it feels like the rain will never stop.
“They’ll see that you take care of the poor, that you take care of poor people in trouble, provide a warm, dry place in bad weather, provide a cool place when it’s hot …. But You, shelter (us) from the storm and shade from the sun …” (MSG 4a, 5b)
Have you been there? Have you ever felt like the storm is never going to pass? What are you learning in this season? Are you transferring the rain into something beneficial for your life? Are you digging in deep and hanging on to His promises or are you ready to let the storm take you away?
Don’t stop hanging on. At some point, the sun will come out. God wins. It’s only a matter of time.
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