It’s past six o’clock in the evening when I came out of the church and it began to drizzle. I continued walking as I needed to get across the street to board a taxi to get home. A few minutes later, the rain poured a little harder. I walked fast, then the rain drops became bigger. I walked even faster and managed to rush into a taxi. On reaching my destination I hurriedly got out of the taxi, walking very fast, although I knew I’d get wet sooner before I reach my home.
Suddenly there was a heavy downpour, within moments the entire place came into the grasp of darkness and the thunder began to roar, followed by flashes of lightening. I felt like the clouds opened as the rain pounded on my umbrella, drenching my cotton skirt, soaking it wet; pouring streams down my legs, chilling me to the bone. The road leading to my house had turned into a river filling my shoes. The crackle of thunder intensified as I tried to get out of the rain. Shivering uncontrollably I grasped my umbrella tightly and tried to walk briskly.🚶🏿
Not long after I realized that the rain had stopped to a slight drizzle. 🌧🌧 My feet was soaked and hurting, I was cold, hungry and tired. In that moment I felt sad and was close to tears, but in a split second everything changed. The Holy Spirit spoke to me, reminding me that this experience in the rain is similar to the challenges we face in life. However, our reaction to our challenges is what determines the outcome.
As the Holy Spirit ministered to me it was brought to my attention that oftentimes the storms of life creep upon us unexpectedly, without prior warning, sometimes light to moderate struggles and afflictions come upon us, at other times they are severe and cause us overwhelming pain and distress; sending us in shock and depression.
While I paused and reflected, I came to the realization that the world we live in is like the rain and the forces of darkness are like the current of the sea. Some days we may feel downtrodden. Some days we may feel battered and torn, tossed to and fro by the winds of the storm. But we must never give up.
When you feel like you are drowning in the storms of life, do not throw in the towel. Do not despair. Do not worry. Never lose hope no matter how hopeless your situation appears. YOU ARE NEVER ALONE, God is with you.
His promise to us in Hebrews 13:5-6 says,”I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
Deuteronomy 31:6 says, Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1.
God is our refuge and strength in everything we go through. Sometimes when we’re in the moment, the first thing think to do is panic. Yes, we may be afraid, but God is always by our side. That is why we must pause and remember that God is present and will protect us in whatever we may go through.
No matter what sudden violent storm and flood may come my way, I will cling to Jesus Christ my solid rock and firm foundation.
When the storm of life is raging “DO NOT QUIT”, cling to the unchanging hand of the Lord. He shelters and sustains us through both the hard times and the impossible times. Trust his promise to never leave you, nor forsake you.
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