Hanging out between the storms…
Saturday I was talking to my good friend and neighbor, Wendell, and he asked how my sister Leigh is doing. Leigh got married on September 29 to a wonderful man, Tyler Ellisor, who has already brought so much stability and love to her and the girls. Then last week she was hired as the new Office Manager for Carolina Pregnancy Center – which means she works in the same building as I do. That Lord, you can’t do a thing with Him! I responded to Wendell, “Leigh’s doing great. Life is good right now, she’s just enjoying hanging out between the storms.” Wendell chuckled just a bit, then he looked off into the distance with the most pleasant look on his face, nodding in agreement. Wendell and his beautiful family have certainly had their share of storms, but I imagine that right now they could consider themselves as hanging out enjoying life between the storms.
You and I have talked many times about how common storms are in this life. We’re either on our way into one, in one, or on our way out. Storms of life will not go away until Jesus comes and takes us Home. They’re as much a part of life as eating. Our test is not just how we respond during the storms, but how do we spend our time between them. Do we recognize those times of “peace and quiet”? Do we see the tweener stage as time to refuel, time to get to know the Lord more intimately? Or do we spend the calm seasons depending on our own strength, since after all we’re not in crisis mode depending on the Lord for rescue? The Lord wants to be Lord of our life. Period. Not just during the desperate times, and not just during the good times. He wants to be Lord of our life. Period.
Are you hanging out between the storms? How much time are you spending getting to the know the Lord just a little bit better so that when the next storm moves in, you’re able to trust Him just a little more?
“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other” (Ecclesiastes 7:14).
“Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:8).