Look Up

Updated: Sep 16, 2018

I am grateful for the monsoon season that has brought much needed water to our desert. My potted plants have thrived - along with the weeds in the back yard! The rain has produced amazing lightening shows and impressive thunder storms.

One afternoon the dark clouds had rolled in as my grandson and I were coming in from the car. My arms were full and I just wanted to get into the house, but 3-year-old wonder delayed my grandson. He stopped to pick up a rock and to look at the flowers that had bloomed in a flowerpot. Suddenly a flash of lightening streaked across the sky. My grandson looked up with fascination that quickly turned into fear as thunder boomed, sending him scurrying to the front door and the safety of our home.

It stormed throughout the night. Thunder rattled the windows. Car alarms went off, wind chimes swung and things banged against the house. No doubt many children hid under blankets or climbed into their parent’s beds. But as with any storm, eventually the dark clouds parted and the first light of sunrise broke through.

Sometimes life throws stormy seasons our way. You might be experiencing a season of pain and grief. Maybe circumstances have rattled your sense of security and fear has sent you running to find a place to hide. Perhaps your year has not been all you hoped it would be, or maybe you are experiencing growing pains. I hope that you will run to the shelter of your Refuge when the storm rages.

The sunrise is most beautiful after the storm.

After a night of howling wind, pounding thunder and pulling covers up over your head, the morning wakes to stillness. The earth is mushy; branches and washed up debris litter the ground. But look up. The sky is beautifully painted a mixture of oranges and pinks, promising the arrival of the sun. The dark clouds are gone and all is calm. The ground smells fresh, ready for new growth. It smells like hope. There is some rebuilding to do. Things may never look the same, but they are not supposed to; it is a new beginning. You are still standing, God is still good and it is well with your soul.

See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:18-19)

Olivia Brant

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