Believe it or not, the photo above and the photo below were taken the same afternoon. I love storm clouds - especially the wild looking ones. I stood outside yesterday, with my camera ready, waiting for flashes of lightning and a heavy rainfall. They never came. Not with these clouds, anyway. The clouds rolled on by and made way for the beautiful sunset below. This reminded me of life's journey. Life can, and will, send us emotional storms from time to time, but as threatening as they first appear, they may very well come to nothing, so why worry about them before they strike...?
But then there are times the storm does hit, ay. Times we need to shelter from it; when we need a safe haven. And when they strike, they usually strike our heart deeply. One thing I've learned since walking with God is that these are the moments we need to cling to faith, not let it go. Having faith in easy times is... well... easy... but faith is best used during the storms. As a friend of my husband says, "Faith is a life raft in a sea of doubt."
At the moment, as I'm dealing with a few emotional things and waiting on God to renew my heart, my feelings want me to doubt that God is with me, and that this, too, shall pass. They want me to join in on the pity party... but Truth tells me this is the time I need to cling to God, not run and hide.
The storms will come... and they will also pass. But God remains the same, and faithful with it. He is stable, so I am clinging on to Him... knowing the sun will shine again...