Verse of the Day

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. And when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you."

~Isaiah 43:2

Today's Devotional Thought

July 10, 2012 by Rachel Piferi


Dance in the Rain

There is a saying that I have seen on various posters and cards and it reads: "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain." When I first heard that saying, I thought it was cute and likely even posted it on Facebook. But, the more storms I pass through in life (big and small), the more I realize that this statement is really an important way to approach many of life storms.

Last night, Wendy and I went out for a couple of hours to just have fun. The summer has been unusually busy and for both of us, it has also been full of some sudden and unusual storms (both literally and figuratively). And we both needed a couple of hours of being silly, laughing, and just having fun.

So, I picked her up in my convertible Mustang and we went driving through the cornfields. We knew there was a possibility of storms, but we both held on to hope that the night would stay clear and warm so that two best friends could just ride through the country singing and laughing and talking.

And for the most part, it stayed that way.

Until the end of the evening as we were driving home.

And in very sudden and dramatic fashion, the rain began to pour down. And, I mean P-O-U-R. Big raindrops that came down faster than I could pull over and put the top up on the car.

We were soaked.

It was fabulous. Fun. Hysterical.

And just what we both needed during a busy season of life.

I was reading a blog post by Beth Moore recently in which she described running into a friend in the grocery store and they started talking about the trials that this friend was going through. And in her post, Beth commented on how sometimes there are seasons where it seems like the enemy is just attacking from all sides. Keeping you down. Trying to break your will, your desire to persevere, and trying to just take your fight away from you.

A storm.

A raging storm.

Sometimes, a storm that comes suddenly.

And sometimes, a storm that does not pass by very quickly.

And you are left struggling, weary, and wondering if you will ever make it through.

Ever been there?

Oh sweet friends, I know I have been there. I know Wendy has been there. I know many of the sweet women in my life have been there.

So what do you do?

Oh sweet friends, I have learned, you just gotta press on.

I know it sounds contrite and if you are in the middle of a storm right now, you do not think you can. But sweet friends, let me tell you, by the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of you, you CAN press on.

And, you don't just press on waiting for the storm to pass, but rather you learn how to find some good in the rain. You learn how to praise God in the bad as well as the good. You learn how to rely on him and his power to sustain you through all kinds of weather (something that we simply don't experience when the sun is shining).

And sweet friends, you grab on to God and His Word and those who love you and you dance in the rain. And you can dance because you know that you have a dancing partner who is loving you, providing for you, guiding you, and in complete control of the storm and his purpose in it.

So many times the rain storms of my life have caused me to be frustrated or hurting because they went against my plans and my ideas of what my life should be like. But I am quickly reminded that the One who controls the storms of life knows better than I. He knows his plans for me and how they are so good for me (Jeremiah 29:11), so much higher than my ways (Isaiah 55:9), and ultimately lead to opportunities and experiences to minister to others that are beyond anything that I could ever ask or imagine in my wildest dreams (Ephesians 3:20).

So when a storm of life comes, I am beginning to learn how to dance and praise God in the midst of it. And I grab onto God, recite my favorite Scriptures, and choose to believe that the One who monitors the storm will use it to mold me even more into who he wants me to be, for the purposes he has for me. And let me tell you, I have used the storms of my life so much more than the sunny days to minister to others.

And for that, I can praise him in the storm and I can truly dance in the rain.

Memorize this verse today:

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. And when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you."
~Isaiah 43:2

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