Sunday, July 19, 2009
If you've been following my blog recently then you know that my family moved to a new house a week ago. We still haven't received our custom blinds - the nights feel so black!
Friday night, we had an intense thunderstorm. It was totally unexpected because we also haven't hooked up our T.V.'s yet - no weather channel!
The storm started just as we were putting the kids to bed. NOT the best timing for us. Needless to say, all the kids wanted to sleep in our room because they were scared. I can't blame them, without curtains it was an awesome sight.
I kept thinking, if only the storm could have waited until after our curtains were installed. But you know, that's how storms come - at the worst possible times. To be honest, there really isn't a good time for a storm.
What about the storms of life? You know when "bad" things happen unexpectedly. They are never at a good time and certainly never wanted. We've all experienced them from time to time.
So how did we handle the thunderstorm? We adjusted for the night and decided the kids could have a "slumber party" and all sleep in the same bedroom. It seemed to appease everyone and we finally got some sleep. When all was said and done, no damage from the storm either.
How can we handle the unexpected storms of our lives?
1Peter 1:6-7 "In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. "
Since I was exhausted when the storms came, I am quite sure that I forgot to give thanks or to greatly rejoice. Perhaps next time I'll remember and rejoice because without faith noone can please God.
One neat thing that happened during the storm - I prayed individually with two of my children at different times. Through the storm, their faith was being strengthened. That is something to rejoice about!