Some storms come with thunder, lightening, wind, rain, sleet, snow, ice, and hail. Other storms come with pain, hurt, sorrow, tears, loss, grief, and injustice. But every storm has an eye, and every wise person knows there is only one way to truly make it through the ferocity of the center of the storm – by standing on the rock of faith in Jesus Christ.
As the dark clouds burst open this afternoon with torrents of rain outdoors, I remained calm in the center of my personal storm. May 14 will mark the one year anniversary of the loss of my beloved Angel Gabriel, rescued as a sack of virtually hairless bones from the streets of Michigan and only given a short time with me before he want home to be with the Lord.
May 14 will also mark my wedding anniversary to the man with whom I vowed before the Lord to spend my life. But this week, my husband has informed me, I should receive the paperwork he has signed to divorce me following last year’s abandonment.
I cannot deny the depression, nor will I pretend the storm is not there. But because I am founded upon the rock of faith in Jesus Christ, I know I will have victory in this storm – no matter how much it hurts, no matter how hard it is.
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.” Matthew 7:25 KJV
As I drove the infamous rescue dog Red today along with my sweet new severe neglect doggie Angel who arrived just days ago by private plane, I watched the sadness in her face and saw my own. And I thought of how much I want to love her.
The Lord spoke to me, reminding me how much He desires to do the same with me – to love away all the pain and hurt, to heal what is broken, to carry me forward with His infinite grace as I in my little human way help Angel to walk forward in her own new life.
I thank God I am founded on the Rock. Jesus. No matter how great the storm, He is solid as He holds me in His arms, as I stand on His solid foundation, as we walk forward, hand in hand, forever.
Thank you Lord. You are my number one love. Always.