Sometimes we see the storms coming.
But most of the time we don’t.
Sunday morning at 2 AM I received a call telling me my mom, thousands of miles away, was on her way to the hospital in an ambulance. I did not see it coming….
How we respond in these situations is often telling. Unfortunately, this is not a first for us. I have had practice with these exact circumstances. I have had opportunities to learn practice and grow.
As I write, she is still in ICU and I am no longer thousands of miles away. I am a 10 minute drive from her unit. It has been a roller coaster, but the one thing I know, God is present and he is good. There have been changes and complications with her health and with other unrelated circumstances. Whatever happens, God has not changed.
Tonight, I am hopeful for more time with my mom. That has not always been the case this week.
Regardless, I know the storms pass and the sun will keep coming up in the morning.
I can choose to focus on the pain and suffering, or I can look at it, but do so through the lens of a loving God who not only understands, but controls the ebb and flow of life and circumstances.
Yes it has been difficult to focus on the goodness of God this week, yet I have chosen to turn on worship music (a key to my heart) when I could not focus to read or pray in-depth. This helped me “look up” and experience the presences of God.
The sky is not clear yet. But it I have lived long enough and followed God long enough to know it will clear in due time. It is worth the wait. Worship is one of the best ways for me to remember and trust the one who made me.
What are your storms? What is your favorite way to connect with God when circumstances over whelm you?
It feels cliché to many, but Romans 2:28 is still true! “God works all things together for good to those who love him and are called according to his purpose.”