I was awakened at 1:50 on the morning of 23 February by the sound of thunder just to the west of us over the foothills. I got up as I heard the wind begin to pick up and then hail pounding on the back door. Then we had thunder and lightning simultaneously just over our home and the power flashed. I had the oven on s-l-o-w cooking a pot roast at 250 degrees so I had to reset the oven since the power interruption had caused the oven to go off; the washer and dryer L.E.D. display lights to come on; the printer in the office to cycle; and the ceiling fan-light in the living room to come on. I reset everything and then went back to bed. There was one more lightning flash and low rumble to the east. By this time KW was awake. I picked up my cell phone from the nightstand and looked at the weather. The report said we had a cold front passing through. The storm continued with wind and some sleet for a while before things quieted down again. It took a little while to get back to sleep but we managed to sleep peacefully the remainder of the night and awoke at 6:30 to the pleasant smells coming from the oven.
The sunrise was a contrast between the storm and the clear skies.
Many times in our lives storms beat upon us and we are challenged to keep moving on. We lean into the wind and raise our hands over our heads to shelter ourselves from the hail/rain/sleet. We take shelter from the static within the atmosphere. We keep a source of light near our resting place to light the way in the darkness. ( I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1,2 English Standard Version 2001/bible.cc)
We were never promised a perfect life free from challenges. Without challenges we would not fully develop the character within us of who God intended us to be. (God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 New Living Translation 2007/bible.cc)
Storms come and go. Challenges in our life ebb and flow but one thing remains “As long as the earth endures, seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” (Genesis 8:22 New International Version/bible.cc)
Reminds me of the song Jerry Lewis would sing each year at the end of his Labor Day Telethon where he would raise money for Muscular Dystrophy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWFy_O8w7hY (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Lewis)
May your weekend be blessed with peace and provision.