Saturday, August 4, 2012

finding peace in the storm.

It's simple. My life right now is like a hurricane. Things are in a constant state of change and uncontrollable, but in the midst of it all is my peace... my constant: God. 

If I'm being honest I haven't always been able to see that peace right away. There have been times where I have been so stretched to the point of falling on my face before God, wondering when I'll see the light at the end of the tunnel. I've been blessed on a couple occasions to see a miraculous change in my circumstances to the point of total peace. But at others, I've had to endure the fire and storms in order for my faith to be refined and/or for me to get to the place where God needed me to be. Is it something I like to go through? My flesh would say "no," but I have to remind myself of the truth...

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything... Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial, because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him." -James 1:2-4, 12

Life seems like it sucks sometimes. There is no sugar coating it.. But friend, stay strong and be encouraged..

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." - Romans 8:28

"... Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning" - Psalm 30:5