My friend, Jan, moved from Florida to Western North Carolina. She is passionate about taking pictures of our beautiful mountains. Having lived here now through a few rough winters, Jan shared with me how she observed that evergreens and other types of trees snap in half or become uprooted in high wind or a storm. She compared this to the storms she’s witnessed in her hometown in Florida. She said, “During tropical storms and hurricanes, Palm trees bend over and protect themselves. When the storm is over, they stand back up.”
Psalm 92:12 tells us, The righteous flourish like a palm tree.
God’s words are intentional. Every word He utters carries intense meaning.
While living on earth all of us experience personal storms—the righteous included. These trials shake our foundation. Everything we thought we knew or depended on suddenly becomes foreign. We’re whisked away by the wind. The hail-stones pound our hearts and minds. Some trials are hurricane-type storms with lasting consequences, changing the landscape of our circumstances. Other storms can be compared to a heavy rainstorm that keeps us inside all day.
Regardless of the type, the storms we experience in our personal lives are for a season, have a purpose, and will be used for God’s glory—meaning, to show others what He has done.
Romans 8:28 tells us, We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (NASB)
Not everything that happens in our life is good. But collectively God takes the painful things and turns them into something good.
When times are hard it is helpful to remember what 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 tells us: We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; We are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted but not forsaken; Struck down, but not destroyed. (NIV)
In time we will gain a godly perspective and realize that even if we don’t understand the trial or see the purpose in it, we can choose to trust the One who has allowed it. Our tested faith will become a stronger faith; God’s faithfulness will become more real.
The storms we face in life are hard but God is our anchor. When the storm passes, we will not be left defeated and ripped apart. We will be like the palm tree and stand back up.
Have you just lifted your head above water, or are you currently facing a storm? What impact has this storm had on you?******************************************************************************
Debbie is a published author, national speaker and workshop presenter, and a partner with Polished Conference Ministries L.L.C. She facilitates an online Bible study page on Facebook, teaches Bible study in her church, and blogs at Shining Together! Debbie has written Shine! Radiating the Love of God, a Bible study designed exclusively for young women ages 13-18. Additionally, she has articles in the Divine Moments series, and is a monthly contributor to Refined Magazine. All books are available at grace-publishing.com. She would love to speak at your next women’s event, teen event, or at the college where she brings an inspirational message to teachers in training called, “A Christian Perspective for an Inspirational Classroom.” Debbie is married and has three adult children. She travels from Asheville, NC. Visit her website at www.debbiepresnell.com, email her at: email@example.com, or visit her page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShineEveryDayNC.