The Importance of Storms In Our Lives
Everything under the sun happens for a reason, even the raging storms that often seem to wreak havoc in our lives. Whether we’re experiencing a heartbreak, coping with tragedy, or having a rough time just dealing with everyday struggles—storms will come and they will go. And while we wish they would leave faster than they arrive, it might help to recognize some of the importance of the inevitable torrential downpours we often experience.
A great way to look at the storms that happen in our lives is to think of them as teaching tools, or even course corrections. They often show up to show us where we need to make certain changes in our daily routines. For instance, if you are constantly shopping and all of a sudden you find yourself stressed financially, unable to pay your bills, or take care of your family, this storm could be your chance to make necessary provisions to make smarter life choices. There’s no better lesson than life lessons that make positive impacts of growth. Many of us don’t get the lessons until we are completely down and out with our pockets turned inside out.
For every lesson, there’s a blessing. And when the rain comes pouring down and you want to seek shelter, consider it as God’s way of bringing you closer the source of all that is good. There’s no better shelter from the storms than in the arms of our creator. Life is not meant to be lived alone, and you don’t have to have everything all figured out. Often times we think we can do it by our lonesome, and because of that we find ourselves struggling in emotional turmoil. When all we have to do is have faith and “Trust in the Lord with all [our] heart and lean not on [our] own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
Storms are like tests in our lives. And tests are generally used to gauge where we are weak and where we are strong. You may have gone through a very tumultuous experience you thought would have broken you to bits and pieces and surprisingly you find yourself able to rise above it all, able to withstand all the shaking. Well, that my friends could have just been a test of your strength and faith. Yes, maybe it was painful. But for every storm you have to go through, it’s important to keep in mind that we are all equipped with what we need to weather them. Remember, we are never given more than we can handle. So bunker down, get tough, believe you can and get through. Before you know it, the storm will have passed.
If you’ve ever experience devastation from a natural disaster and had to evacuate your home, you will understand the overwhelming feeling it is to leave and then return to find everything in ruins. This probably would have forced you to take inventory of your belongings.
The downside, you might have to start over. The bright side, also, you might have to start over. And we know there’s beauty in starting over.
Well, the storms in our lives will make us do just that—take stock of our internal selves. Sometimes we need to return to our core and check ourselves. Maybe we’ve been living a life of selfishness or driven by our egos. So they may come about to clean us, make us need to reset and start over. Showing us that we always need to be more compassionate to others and live a life of gratitude in order to make room for spiritual healing and growth.