When the heat waves hit us in the summer (like we've recently had!) and camps out on us, we look forward to the storm that will break the heat. We're thankful for it and often sit outside, enjoying the storm because we understand and experience the relief it brings. But when it comes to life we tend to sing a different tune even though the same principles seem to apply.
Things can heat up fast in life and before we realize it we're sweltering in the middle of a massive heat wave that doesn't appear to be moving off. Life becomes sticky and miserable. What do we do? We start looking for it to break. But it's so easy to forget that heat waves are often broken with a storm, and sometimes that storm can get pretty ugly. The first wave roars down you, completely blocking the sun, and the wind whips you around so you don't know which direction you're facing. And then it seems like the heavens open up. It's not a gentle spring rain. Oh no! It's a hard, pounding deluge, and maybe even hail. That front edge of the storm can be vicious.
Sometimes the storm is swift. It comes, it dumps, and it goes, leaving welcome relief behind it. But other times the rain just keeps coming. And coming. And coming. Wave after wave of storms roll through. We're looking for relief but find a string of storms instead that make us wish for the oppressive heat instead of the intense storms we're in. We forget that the storm brings relief.
Yes, the storms may cause damage. Branches may come down, flooding may occur, but God works through the storms. We may not see or understand, but by faith we can believe and trust Him to work all things together for good. Remember the end of that verse! “...who are called according to His purpose.” ~Romans 8:28 NAS Not our purpose. His.
Hear my cry, O God;
give heed to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a refuge for me,
a tower of strength against the enemy.
Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings.
~Psalm 61:1-4 NAS
During life's heat waves and storms we can run to God for shelter. He is our shelter and refuge. Our tower of strength and security even when the storms are raging.
Let's take refuge in Him! There is no greater refuge than the creator of the storm.