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It Often Takes a Storm to Bring Change and Peace

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One July morning I stepped outside into a cool, peaceful, non-humid day.

It was almost as if I had traveled to a different place and time, yet there I was standing on my deck which 24 hours before had been filled with thick, oppressive, summer air. I kind of like that heat–any heat. Summer is one of my favorite seasons. But this day’s weather was much more inviting.

However, the hotter air from the day before did not leave without a fight. In the night I had awakened several times to crashes of thunder, pounding rain, lightning flashes and powerful wind. I always lie in bed wondering how my hanging plants and yard are holding up in the storm regretting that I did not put the plants in safer places.water on flower

Despite my worries, the morning proved their stamina. Everything looked beautiful. Maybe a little weary, but well watered and ready for the cooler day. As I marveled at their beauty this thought hit me:

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Nobody likes a storm, not a threatening one at least. Yet life is full of them.

When I wrote my Bible study on the book of Ruth, I was progressively amazed at the providence of God. His hand is in every detail of the story, both the good and bad. But all the bad that happens does indeed lead to beautiful new beginnings. Hope. Provision. A bigger picture.

God is a personal God. He meets you and me right where we need Him. He is the same God today as the One who met Ruth and Naomi where they needed Him, yet the story isn’t just about them. It’s about God. His goodness, faithfulness, and plan to bring His people home to restore them back into the family.

Have you been going through a storm in your life lately? Maybe God wants to use it to bring change….peace….life. And maybe He’s chosen you for something much bigger than you could ever imagine.

Hold on my friend. Morning is coming.

Finding Purpose in the Storms,

andy

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made (Psalm 145:8,9).

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