responding to the rain

Wednesday 8th October 2014:

Sometimes life can be difficult, stressful or tiring. Sometimes its a small thing, sometimes its a big thing. Sometimes its a day, sometimes its a month. Sometimes its a season that seems never ending.

I have been thinking a lot about difficulty recently as I stand by friends going through hardship. It made me remember times in my life which have been hard, and think about some of the good things that came from those struggles – the main thing being that I made so much time for God in those hard times that these were the times I was closest to Him. In those times I found a peace I never thought possible in such a difficult time.

IMG_8318Today my day was stressful and in the midst of it I made the mistake of going to Tesco in the absolute pouring rain, just at the time the kids were leaving school. It was chaos!! People running in all directions, the roads were crazy with so many cars and there were rivers of water everywhere as the torrent of rain persisted.

But as I ran through the rain, head down feeling stressed, I suddenly stopped as I remembered the phrase “Its not about getting through the rain, its learning to dance in it”. I stopped in my tracks and looked around me at the beauty of the rain and took time to stand there getting soaked, capturing some pictures with my camera. I felt immediately so much more peaceful as I took time to appreciate the rain and be thankful for it, rather than battling though it. IMG_8326I came home and Elikem encouraged me to take a few minutes to rest, spend some time with God and listen to music. I did that and now I feel so much better, and much more peaceful, than I did earlier today.

I am reminded of these verses tonight: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4 verse 6-7

It is my choice how I respond to the rain, to stress or to life, so tonight I am encouraged in remembering that in the midst of stress, chaos, and even difficulty, it is possible to find peace.  Today I am thankful for being reminded of that.

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