The rain outside today made me think of the dreary and cold feelings we have inside during a spiritual storm.
Not only is the precipitation outdoors, but inside there is an unsettling. Something amiss. Something pulling you under.
What we face on the outside is often easy to battle. We can choose to not go out. We can change our wet clothes and we can get dry.
We will all face times when the undercurrent is so strong that we can feel like days go by as we gasp for air and yearn for the Spirit to rescue us. It can be almost suffocating.
So, how we do weather the storm? Below is a couple of points that help me to not waver in faith and to stay dry in the rain.
1.Dig into the Word of God.
As difficult as it may seem, open your Bible and let the Word speak to you. Just hearing the stories of God can help you feel closer to Him and with that comes the reassurance that God is there and will not leave your side. It will help you to understand that those who have come before you and dedicated their lives to obedience faced many trials such as yours and some have faced far worse.
We will want to withdraw in the storm. To find shelter, fend for ourselves, and withdraw from communications with others including God. But God wants to hear us and he desires for us to be open with Him on what we are feeling and draw closer to Him in these times. Proclaim your faith to the Father and let Him your voice and he will calm the waves.
3. Be grateful.
This could be one of the hardest because in one instance of a challenging time or storm we lose all memory. We forget what God has already done in our lives. Take the time to start a list of events where God moved in your life before today and be grateful and praise him for it. Or, write out anything that you are grateful for in your life whether it be your children, job, or even coffee. Before you know it, you will stare at a long list of things you have forgotten and things that you have been blessed with and it can be a huge game changer in your perspective. God has and will move again in your life and deliver you from your circumstances.
These are only a couple of thoughts that work for me and I would love to hear how you weather the storm so that we can collaborate and ignite an education between us all in an effort to build each one of us up in Christ.