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Thunderstorms

Isn’t it strange how sometimes you look back on situations and realize why something happened the way it did?

I went through a storm last week, literally, and thought really, on top of everything else?Then I read something that made me think about it, so I’ll share my viewpoint.

We look for thunderstorms and these obvious shows from God, but He is always there in the simplest places. I think many times we go through storms and question where God is, but if we want Him to intervene we have to pray to Him and ask Him for help.

Many times people question why God lets something happen or why He allows bad things to happen. Maybe God doesn’t let bad things happen, maybe sometimes He just doesn’t stop them. After all, God made the world good.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

Genesis 1:31

He is readily there for us, if we just ask Him to be in our lives. I believe many times I have failed to ask God for help, but I am working to rectify that. Some days it’s easier than others.

Sometimes I have let my anger get in the way. Instead of being mad at God, which I have been many times in the last few years, I should be constantly praying and asking Him for help. God wants our constant attention, not just when something bad happens or we are in a crisis. We need to praise Him in good and bad times. He needs to be a constant in our lives.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 3:23

Many people I know are going through storms right now. Fighting cancer, health battles, marriage struggles, addictions, issues with their children. Life is never easy, and actually life is very difficult.

I met a lady at the cancer center last week, while alone in the waiting room. She was seated across from me, and the nurse came out to speak with her. Near the end of their chat the lady got upset. The nurse asked her if she was going to be OK, and I offered to sit with her. I wasn’t eavesdropping on their conversation, but I could easily hear what was going on. I knew her husband had cancer and was going through treatment and other health battles. And, I knew she was overwhelmed.

It’s easy to recognize your own struggles in someone else if you simply open your eyes.

I told the nurse I would sit with her, and she looked at the lady and asked if she knew me. I told her no, but I think we are going through some of the same things.

I sat with the lady and talked about my husband and she talked about hers. We shared our stories of what we are each going through. Even though her husband is older than mine and probably not as healthy, she realized my husband has encountered many added health battles because of his disease, where as hers has not.  I sat with her until the nurse came back to get her, and she hugged me tight when she got up to leave. Even though I sat there alone again in my own struggles, I felt good I had helped someone else feel better by simply opening my eyes and my heart.

We are all fighting our own battles, and sometimes we are taken down a road that seems impassable. However, we need to remember there is always someone else who is fighting along side of us and sometimes fighting harder. Maybe their fight isn’t the same as ours, maybe it’s worse, or maybe it’s just more difficult for them to deal with.

It’s easy to get depressed, think you’re alone in your attack and feel beaten, but if we thank God for our struggles we can become better and stronger. Sometimes we just need to step back, take at look at the situation and put it all into perspective.

Rejoice always,  pray continually,  give thanks in all circumstances; 
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

After all, if a stranger can make a sacrifice for us, don’t you think it’s appropriate to pass it on? Good deeds come back two fold, and as always…if you can help someone, then help them.

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