Last week I was able to spend five days on the Oregon coast celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary. Our first day there we woke up to the rain falling sideways in the wind. We bundled up in our warm rain gear to take a short walk on the beach. By the time we got back to our cabin we were soaking wet. Like everything we wore needed to be rung out. The next day we woke up to calmer weather. The rain had stopped, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds throughout the day and the temps had risen. We spent most of the day on the beach wandering through the tide pools.
Zechariah 10:1 says, “Ask the Lord for rain in the spring, for he makes the storm clouds. And he will send showers of rain so every field becomes a lush pasture.” It is the Lord who controls the weather. It is He who knows how important it is for storms to blow into our lives. The winds make us stronger as we push forward into them. The rain soaks us to replenish us. It does this so that we can face the bright sunshine of a new and beautiful day a stronger person. A person who has weathered the storm while leaning on the true anchor – their Lord God.
This quote reminded me of the stormy day we spent on the beach: “Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is not noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”