I first understood the meaning of the phrase, “When it rains, it pours” figuratively ten years ago. And NOW I understand it literally unlike I never thought possible. And even as I write this, it’s still raining…
A decade ago, my life came to the abruptest of stops when my fiancé at the time decided he didn’t want to marry me – the week of the wedding. It was devastating and confusing and just left me in a state of bewilderment. And you know what? That wasn’t the end of it. I had serious medical conditions to battle along with my broken heart. It took months for my health to get back on track and YEARS for my heart and head to recover. But guess what, so much goodness is coming from that experience today and will for years to come! I was not looking for this to be my BIG REVEAL but, hey, why not? I need to take time to brag on HOW GOOD GOD IS IN THE MIDST OF THE STORMS OF LIFE! He is FAITHFUL and He is with us every step of our pain and sorrow. We may not feel it at the time but hindsight is 20-20. The journey is rocky but the view from the top is breathtaking. So yes, ten years ago my heart was broken and my health left me weak…
But because of that pain, I am married to the best husband that God could have ever designed for me and I couldn’t imagine life without him. Because of that storm, I have written a book (like a REAL book) that is being published and will be released in April on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble and Christian bookstores! I had such an amazing journey from Point A to Point B that I felt the urge to share it with the World! God revealed Himself so richly to me through that terrible time that my faith has been forever strengthened by witnessing the promises of His Word become truth in my life.
This very moment my family, neighbors, friends, employment site and favorite recreation spots are all a mixture of: safe, surrounded by water on all corners, water in their buildings or are a big question mark due to evacuations. The streets are flooded and people are advised to stay in their homes, unless they were told to leave of course. There is uncertainty every second. When will the rain end? How long will it take, after the rain finally stops, for the standing water to recede? How long until I can return home; and what will home look like when I get there? What will be left of this underwater city? Will I be able to get milk and diapers for my baby anytime soon? And about a thousand other questions…
Houston is in the worst storm of its history. The outcome looks bleak and the TVs are inundated with devastation and disaster. But you know what is also going on? Hope. Hope is present in all shapes and sizes. Hope is in the neighbors that come together to help one another. Hope is in the complete strangers that have come from all over the state and country to lend a hand. Hope is in the boats and four-wheelers that carry a stranded family to safety. Hope is no longer hearing tornado warning alerts all night long and finally getting to sleep for a few hours!
Billy Graham so perfectly said this, “What Oxygen is to the lungs, hope is to our survival in this world. And the Bible is filled with hope.”
Our souls were designed to long for hope, and the greatest source of hope in this world is Jesus Christ. His heart breaks to see you hurting in your times of pain, times of need, and times of confusion. But He doesn’t just leave us in that state. He brings us help mentally and physically. He hears the prayers of His children – those who believe He is the Savior of the world. Over and over, He also brings goodness out of disasters. I do not believe that He causes the disaster as nothing Evil can come from His holiness – the source is Satan, who is very real and very present, but that is a blog for another day. Jesus is our knight in shining armor – or in this case, He will be our sunlight bursting forth from the clouds! He wants to rescue us from our present pain. Even more still, He wants to rescue us from our eternal separation from Him.
Take a look at this passage with me.
“And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.” – Matthew 9:1-8 (ESV)
He is fully aware of our present sufferings, and while He desires to free us from that pain, He wants so much more that even that for us. His love knows no bounds.
While I can’t answer the ever repeated question in times like this (“Why do bad things happen?”), I do know the source of “Why the ‘good things’ happen during these ‘bad things.’” It is because of the love of a Savior who chose to come down from Heaven, walk on this earth as a servant to others, and be crucified and publicly humiliated after living a perfect, sinless life. Remember all of that talk about hope? Well the original act of hope happened three days after the cross when Christ rose from the dead! He is alive today and He is with those who call upon His name! I can proclaim this as truth because I experience over and over again first-hand! He restores the broken, cleanses ALL dirt from our lives and brings hope for our eternity.
In this time of uncertainty, would you just call upon His name? He is listening. He wants to help you. He wants to bring you hope! He wants to show you love and what life is like when you don’t have to worry about your future, knowing He is in control.
See my post here that simply lays out the plan of salvation if you have questions about knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
And now I have lost the water pressure in my house… I’m going to bed.
Be blessed, stay safe and Keep Shining!
~ Lindsey Alaine