One of those typical early spring days where we spend hours watching the radars and sitting in our "safe places." (By the way, 180 students makes for a very small-feeling safe place!) But on this day, I found myself outside in the yard, staring at the sky. I love watching storms roll in. The dark clouds, the rumbles of thunder in the distance- it gives me a sense of wonder and awe at Creator God. As I smell that completely wonderful smell that spring storms bring, I notice the hawks over the cove. They're soaring fast and free, and I think about how wonderful it must be high in their sky.
When storms come, they don't hide.
When storms come, they don't try to fly against the winds. Instead, they are still and let the winds carry them.
When storms come, they don't look up at God and ask why the weather is so terrible.
They trust because they know that every other storm has always become calm, and every windy day has led to a sunny one.
They trust that nature will act as it always does, according to the patterns it's been assigned.
And then... there's my dog.
My precious 8-year old dog who is terrified of storms.
She's learned that when the sky lights, thunder is coming, and she immediately begins to shake.
The loud noises and heavy rains make her heart race with fear, and she runs to hide in the bedroom.
I've decided that we're dogs and not hawks.
And somewhere along the way we've learned to look to the heavens and ask why the storms come.
We find ourselves (sometimes angrily) questioning the bad weather in our lives.
We find ourselves without trust as we try to fly against the winds in our own strength.
I don't know about you, but I'd rather soar above the storm than hide in the bedroom shaking.
I know my Savior brings the storm clouds, and I know He loves me. These two things are not mutually exclusive. He brings storms AND He loves me. And because He loves me perfectly, He brings the storms to build my character.
So I will spread my wings and soar, trusting Him to protect me and cover me with His love.
"But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31 NLT)
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