Day 3 of still no power but I am doing great. My spirit is actually bouncing all over the place with joy, hope and bliss. It’s the last thing I would have expected being in such a situation but the joy is pretty intense and I can’t deny it. I have found a place to stay where I can be warm, I can sleep well and I can pray so my daily habits are not interrupted. I believe this is key. No matter what we go through we should maintain our daily spiritual habits and stay clothed with the garment of praise. I am praising God in the middle of the storm and I am enjoying myself, staying in the moment and relishing every second of every day. Like I said a few days ago, God is still on my side, power or no power, heat or no heat. He is providing all of these things in a beautiful way. Don’t let life get you down, friend. I know it’s a tall order but it is an encouragement that will bear great fruit if you follow it.
My cousin said something very profound that resonated with me the other day. She said that one of her friends described the beauty she could see in the middle of the storm while driving. Despite the chaos and the turmoil, she was able to see the good that was still happening. What a deep revelation and what powerful introspection she has! In the midst of the storm she could see that there was something spectacular as she was contemplating the amazing white scenery of winter at its peak. How many of us can say the same thing in the midst of the storms of life?
There are lessons to be learned in life every single day. We can identify some of them easily but it’s the lessons we are taught during the hard times that are not always clear. Am I learning anything from being displaced and not accessing the comfort I am so used to? Absolutely. I am getting lessons in humility and compassion and most of all, lessons about trusting God in the storm. A couple of years ago I received a message during meditative prayer that said “It’s easy to have faith when everything is going well.” Simple truth that is charged with a punch. God never intended for us to only develop faith when everything is nice and dandy. It’s during trials that we see what we are made of and we learn to make adjustments to our faith level. Leveling up with God is the ultimate goal. Attainable? I doubt we could ever be at His level of faith but we can always grow in faith and reach new altitudes with His help.
I am excited about growing and learning more about faith during this time. Knowing that we can have joy and peace in the middle of the storm is beyond amazing. Staying in the moment is definitely the theme for the week for me and I understand it should be the theme for life. What is God telling us now? What is God showing us now? These are two questions we can always focus on when things are pretty difficult. Then like my cousin’s friend we will have our (spiritual) eyes open to the beauty that is surrounding us physically and spiritually. Enjoy the things of the Lord today. There is an abundance of goodness being poured into your life. Be receptive. Be open. Don’t let your mind get in the way and you will be on the way to greater blessings.
Suggested reading: Psalm 81:10; Matthew 6:33; Romans 8:32