Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Storms

The power of a storm is absolutely mind blowing. The force of wind and rain exceed anything I can comprehend. Lightning streaks across the sky in spine-tingling fashions, with rolls of growling thunder followed shortly after. To us experiencing the thunderstorm, it seems like the storm can swallow us up. We are powerless to slow the rumbling thunder and blinding lightning. We cannot stop the rain, even if it is flooding the area, or make it continue pounding the dry ground. We can do nothing to control the forces of nature.

Similarly, storms in our life can seem absolutely unbearable. We cannot control every aspect of our life, no matter how hard we try. Sometimes, we are going to walk through trials. God did not promise a perfect, carefree life. Yet when we do go through trials and storms, we can take joy in the fact that God knows the storm inside and out and is with us always. He alone gives peace and comfort in the midst of fear and hardships. How wonderful it is to have faith in a God who loves me and cares for me so deeply! I love the lyrics to Casting Crown's song, "Praise you in this storm." Let the lyrics wash over you tonight as I have done so so so many times.

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I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

[Chorus:]
And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to you
And you raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

[Chorus]

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

[Chorus]

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