Hello everyone…tonight, I sit with snow falling around me. I guess that this is our final snow of the season. You know…some people don’t like winter, with all the snow and ice; but I have learned to find beauty in it all. In fact…I have come to see that when I look beyond the negativity of winter…the positive side of winter reveals its own beautiful portrait, as each individual flake falls to the ground.
As I was thinking on this tonight, while looking out to a beautiful winter wonderland; I was also thinking on how this could relate to the storms of our lives. So many times, we tend to get caught up in all the negativity of the storm we’re experiencing…and even on how these storms may never find their end; that we completely miss out on all that we could learn and experience with God, while walking through these storms.
Tonight, as I’m sitting here…thinking on what I just wrote; I will be the first to say that there are times…not as often as in the past; but times, when I get so caught up in the storm of what I’m experiencing; that my thinking tends to shift in a direction that actually sidetracks me, from all I could be learning through the difficult times.
Lately, as some of you know…my health has taken a drastic turn. I’ve gone from two bad knees, to also two bad feet, which are related to the way I walk. Anyways…there can be days like today, when I sit on the edge of my daybed in the office and actually have to use my brain to convey a message to my legs, to start walking. Now if I get caught up in where I once was…and what I’m experiencing now…hope seems to leave my heart, as I begin to wonder what’s next…which is actually not a good thing to think on .
Through life’s difficulties, I have come to see that it’s the way we think; that actually points us in the right direction, even through the worst of times. In Romans 12:2, we read… “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
One thing this Bible verse has reminded me of tonight; is to not think about the problem in a worldly way; because a worldly way says that I have no other to lean on but the problem. Instead, we should be allowing God to transform our thinking, as we walk through the storm with Him. In other words… we should be thinking on what God’s will is for this storm, rather than the storm itself.
You know…most times, it’s not easy to accept a storm that comes our way, especially when the storm intensifies and attempts to make us believe that it will never get better or back to normal. I have had that happen to me lately…because for the longest time, I just lived with two bad knees; but to now see my feet slowly deteriorating into something very unexpected…attempts to make me wonder where this is leading me; but then God reminds me that when the storm seems to rage the worst; that this is only a sign that Satan is trying to keep me, from what’s on the other side of the storm.
Life can definitely get discouraging…that is, if we are honest with ourselves, rather than trying to remain tough and strong on our own. The only way that I have come to see life change into something better, even during the very worst of times; is when I start looking behind the problem, for the purpose in which it was first allowed by God. When we can walk through the storms of life with God and come to truly discover the reason behind it all; that is when discouragement will leave…and hope will once more come alive within us, as it leads us in the direction of God’s very best for our lives.
As we close our time together, I pray that God will continue to transform us…and the way we think and perceive life; that we may truly come to see and understand God’s perfect will…for these storms we’re walking through!
Have a great day…take care and I will talk with you later!
Many…many blessings on your weekend!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain