It’s been raining, and raining, and raining around here this weekend. I’ll be honest – I love going to bed and hearing the rain on our metal roof. It sounds so good. The forecast says that we should be prepared for possible thunderstorms later today. Now, if you have “outside plans,” stormy weather may ruin them. But not all storms come to disrupt your life. Some storms may come to clear your path, so that you can see the way to move forward.
I believe that we all have endured difficult times in life – especially during the past year. But, what have we learned? True heroes are our truckers who kept supplies coming. (Yes, we do need our toilet paper and hand sanitizer!) True heroes are the medical professionals who, knowing that they would have to isolate from their own families – still went to work for many long hours to help those who had contracted this horrible virus. We learned how dear family members are when we were unable to gather together to mourn the loss of loved ones or hug our beloved parents and grandparents who were in nursing homes. We are thankful for those who worked tirelessly in our nursing homes and became “family” to those who were cut off from their physical families. We learned that movies, concerts, and other forms of entertainment were missed, but we can live without them. Personally, I learned how good “home cooking” can be!
The “storm” that I endured this past year has opened my eyes to what is truly important. Hard times make us appreciate good times. Gathering with my church family to worship, hugging my daughters and having my grandson come to visit, and enjoying “quiet times” with Steve mean so much to me. This reminds me of one of my favorite songs – “Til the Storm Passes By.” The chorus goes like this:
Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more Till the clouds roll forever from the sky Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand . Keep me safe till the storm passes by.
Storms come in many directions. You know, it’s difficult to stand still during a storm. Which direction are you moving? Simply blessed, Courtney