I sat on top of a hill and watched a storm as it moved through the valley. The skies were filled with darkness and the clouds began to cry, and thunder began to shake the earth. It seemed as though the lush landscape was completely changed, and its beauty gone forever. I sat there and saw how the rain was drowning the plants, flowers, and fruits. The storm finally settled down and moved out of the valley.
If I had sat in the same place the following day and asked, “Where is that intense storm and all its terrible darkness?” The grass would have said, “Part of it is in me.” The beautiful flowers would have said, “Part of it is in me.” And all the other plants, fruits and everything that grows in the ground would have said, “Part of the storm has produced the radiance in me.”
We all go through different trials in life; whether it may be family, school, or our own spirituality. And during those trials, our vision is so limited that we can hardly see where we are walking. It’s almost like you are blind. All you see is darkness. There’s no light. There’s no life. Anxiety, loneliness, and shame fill your heart as you watch this storm move through the valley.
It’s a scary sight at first. You see the rain pour down and the thunderous clouds shake with might. How is it possible for something good to come out from this storm?
Look back at the little story in the beginning. The grass, flowers, fruits and everything that grows in the ground said, “Part of the storm has produced the radiance in me.” And to you my friend, part of the storm is in you. The cloud of woe will soon descend in showers of blessing on your head when you have faith that this storm will help you grow and produce rich harvest. God is doing a greater work in you, and that can only come as you learn to trust Him no matter how dark the days and sleepless the nights. Your heart no longer demands answers. The “why” becomes unimportant when you believe that God can and will redeem the pain for your good and His glory. It is only when you have been through the darkness with Him that you know He is in the tomorrows.
Rise up and cheer up, my friends. Part of it is in you.