It’s hard to dislike the rain, and yet I do. I don’t like my plans interrupted.
My experience altered. My experience dampened. My day ruined. But without rain, without storms, we wouldn’t have growth.
I believe God designed the world with weather patterns that have cause and effect. He designed the rain cycle, the growth cycle. And so it is with us: Without the storms of life, we wouldn’t grow or be changed. Without rain, we would whither. We would become a desert. Rain brings growth. So we should welcome the rain. Welcome change in our lives. In our hearts. Welcome the hard times because they strengthen us, empower us, grow us.
The more dramatic and beautiful a landscape, the more that land has weathered and endured. It’s through the big storms that we are carved, shaped, shifted and crafted.
I believe an epic landscape is developing in my heart: one that loves, that forgives, that endures, that perseveres, that stands strong, that has grit, shape, deep wounds that tell a story, but beautiful growth that surrounds it all and offers an oasis to others.
How have the storms of your life shaped you? How have the waves carved beautiful features in the landscape of your soul?