Summer encouragement from my heart to yours…
It’s when the storm reaches that fevered, frenzied pitch when you believe you can’t take one more minute of its torment…
The storm in a Minnesota summer…
The storm in your heart.
Lightning that strikes like physical pain…
jolts of electricity that are jarring, piercing, immobilizing.
Booming thunder that shakes your foundation …
deafening, threatening noise that drowns out all other reasonable voices.
Rain that comes horizontal and hurts…
sharp bits of water that slash the earth and puncture all protection.
Wind that pummels from every side…
destroying your sense of balance and ability to stand upright.
It’s a storm.
And a tough one.
In Minnesota, we have to ride out the storm.
But the storm in our hearts? Not so easy to do that.
We’ve lost power…so much darkness.
We’ve lost energy…nothing to plug into.
Uprooted trees and debris keep us from moving forward.
We’re Stuck. Stranded. Scared.
And the wind and the rain keep beating…pummeling…defeating.
God knows about your summer storm.
He sees you huddled in the cellar hoping the roof doesn’t collapse.
He sees you standing in the slashing wind and rain, clenched fists and defiant heart, cursing the darkness, the noise, the pain.
He sees you scrambling in the blackness, tripping over life’s routine as you search for a flashlight that will pierce the darkness.
God is not standing outside the storm, hoping.
He has not dashed to a safe place for a change of dry clothes.
God is standing in the storm with you, powerful.
Wrapping you in the rain slicker.
Shining the flashlight.
Calming the storm.
The summer storm in your heart.
God is faithful…