Thursday, June 16, 2011
Fresh air. Just the sound of those words cause my lungs to expand. It brings to mind the rejuvenating air of spring, coming through my open windows, or the breeze that blows off the lake, carrying with it a light cooling mist in summer. It is a time of refreshing, a time of peace.
However, regardless of the above, it is in the clean air that follows a passing storm when I find it best; when the earth has been washed and the world around is at its greenest. The crash of the storm has stilled and the sun peaks through the clouds, taking what the storm has left and using it to make things grow. Rain plus sun equals life. Take away the rain and you suspend growth; take away the sun and rot sets in. Both elements are essential.
It is true with any storm in life. Though we pass through rough winds, hail that seeks to strikes us down, and the threat of destruction, when it is through, aren't our roots stronger, our leaves greener, and the air fresher for it? Is The Son peaking through? We are watered by trials and fed by The Son. Rain plus Son equals life. Take away the rain and you remove an opportunity to grow; take away The Son and the soul rots in the soaking waters of the storm. Both elements are essential.
Savor the fresh air that follows a storm, yet be thankful for the rain, knowing that it is during these times that The Son works best, bringing life, prompting you to grow.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ~ James 1:2-4
Posted by Sarah at 5:17 AM