Storm then wind then dust then rain.

Do you like road trips?  I do.  Except when there’s bad weather while you are on that road trip.

The other day we were driving on a road trip (“We” meaning my husband.  I was reading next to him.) and as we drove we noticed that we were heading toward very dark skies.  We could tell that there was a storm up ahead, but we had to keep going even though the skies were becoming darker and darker.   Soon we were in the storm.  It was just rain and some lightening, but some of that rain was very hard rain.  You know the kind of rain that makes it difficult to see while you’re driving?  Yep, that kind of rain.  The storm lasted for a very long time and I was thankful that my husband is a good driver.  Finally, the rain slowed down and we saw brighter skies.  Suddenly the temperature outside was quite a bit warmer, the sun was out and the rain was gone.  Everything was dry and sunny again.  And guess what?  All of the bugs that were covering our windshield before the storm had been washed away by the rain.  We were driving on dry streets in the warm sun and a with a clear windshield.

Driving through that rain storm reminded me of going through other kinds of storms in life.  Not literal storms, but the times in life when things don’t go the way that we planned and we feel like we are in a storm – covered over with dark skies, not really being able to see what’s ahead very well and having no idea when it will end and when life will be better.  But if you know Jesus as your Savior, then you can know that God is always with you, even through that storm.  He knows what is ahead and when the storm will end.  You can trust God in the storm that He is always good and that He will never leave you.  And you know what?  God can even bring good things out of a storm.  Like a clear windshield.

Psalm 34:17-18 is a good reminder for us when we are going through storms, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.  The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit,” (NIV).

There are a lot of good songs about going through storms in life, but I like “Not for a Moment” by Meredith Andrews so here it is: