Last week, our church hosted more than 150 evacuees from Port Arthur, TX. It was an interesting experience, and I'm glad that I had the opportunity to help those in need. We didn't experience too much in the way of weather...unusually high winds and lots of steady rain for about two days, but it was enough to flood low points in town and break some tree limbs. The weather was pretty miserable, and if you know how I feel about rain, you can imagine how much I didn't enjoy Tuesday-Thursday of last week (as far as weather goes).
But I did notice that Friday and Saturday were absolutely gorgeous days- with sunshine and highs in the 60s & 70s...it felt like late October. It was great. The grass and trees were so green and the air was so crisp and clean from all of the rain....I could go on, but you get the point: the weather was as close to ideal as I've ever seen during early September in Texas.
Sometimes life is hard- we're going through difficult situations and we think that our troubles will never end...in fact, they can even get worse! But we should always pay just as much attention to the time after the storm as we do to the storm itself. Difficult times in our lives result in growth spiritually and as a person. We come out of difficult situations with a new perspective, and sometimes a renewed zest for life...much like the way the storm left our town- cool, clean air and greener grass/trees. Whenever you're facing trials in life, know that it will pass, and that there is an opportunity for things to be better after it's over.
"Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven." Psalm 107:28-30 (NIV)