My pastor made a point that I hate to admit is true, but it’s a fact of life. “You either coming out of a storm, going through a storm, or about to go through one.” He reminds us that storms are inevitable.
Life comes with joys and memories, triumphs and seasons of sunshine and gentle breezes. However, we can’t forget that it also comes with tests and trials, changes and challenges, rain and hail. Nobody likes the rain and hail moments in our lives. As New Edition says:
Sunny days, everybody loves them but tell me baby
Can you stand the rain?
Storms will come
This we know for sure (this we know for sure)
Can you stand the rain? –New Edition
New Edition reminds that you will have your ups as well as your DOWNS in life. With that said, they pose a very good question to the ones they love. Can you stand the rain? It’s easy to hang in there with someone when the trees are in full bloom and the sun is beaming down with rays of joy. It is easy to press in and move forward when everything is just fine. But can you have that person’s back when your very relationship is being challenged? Can you hang in there with that person when the storm has moved in and devoured almost everything in their life? Can you hang in there when your coworkers are driving you mad? Can you put a smile on your face and trust God when your bank account balance still says insufficient funds? Can you dust yourself off and still press on to church even though you messed up recently and feel so ashamed? Can you trust God and not rush into the arms of the wrong man even though you feel lonely? Can you take the discomfort from the rain and stick around till the sun comes back out?
Will you suffer with the one you love or will you abandon them? Jesus told us that persecutions and offenses will come. He informed us that we will face tests, trials and temptations as He did. But be encouraged, He has already overcome the world. He has provided, along with grace, provision, His Sword (His Word), and a Helper (the Holy Spirit), help to get you get through the storms. So don’t bail on Jesus during the storms. Stand the rain; endure the hail.
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Romans 8:17 NIV)
Your tears have been collected. Your cries have been heard. Your longsuffering is not in vain. The rain will not last long. The storm will pass. Our faithful God will never leave us, nor forsake us. Just remember the world and its master has already been defeated.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9 NIV)
Thank You Faithful Father that I don’t have to go through the storm alone. You are right here with me as I abide safely in you. Thank You for the grace to persevere and overcome every test and trial. Thank You that nothing is too small for Your concern or too big for You to handle. I pray I trust You before, during, and after every storm. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to stand the rain. Fight the good fight of faith and trust God. Keep and obey His Word, and don’t forget to put on the garment of praise. Praise is another weapon to aid us through the storms and to confuse the enemy. Stay in God’s presence too for it is our shelter from the storm!
Are you prepared for any and all rainy days in your life? Can you ever be really prepared for rainy days?
Enjoy one of my favorite songs, Can You Stand The Rain, By New Edition (click on the link):
Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program, helping high school students prepare for college. She loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. In April of 2014, Tannika published her first book, a book of her poetry, titled Setting The Captive Free. In 2014, she also launched her Christian clothing and apparel brand called Fruitful & Fabulous inspired by John 15:8. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”