If April showers bring May flowers, then I’m going to smile every time I see a storm cloud, knowing that although it keeps me inside for the moment, I’ll be outside enjoying the beauty that storm brings in no time.
Sometimes I think it can be hard when we’re deep in the trenches of every day life not to forget that there is more ahead…I have a penchance for negativity and when I see the rain brewing, even though part of me loves the storm, the other part groans and says “not again”.
I’ll admit, I am definitely a bit more of a glass half empty sort of person. It’s been chilly and gloomy here in my part of Minnesota recently and to top it all off I’ve been horribly sick these past few days. But I was reminded today as I looked out my window and caught sight of the green buds that are now just starting to grow on the trees, that nothing lasts forever and to every storm cloud there is a silver lining. I think more than anything, my children teach me this lesson every day; there is no room for doom and gloom in their world, they are always looking towards the bright future and optimistic about what is to come…Lord help me be more like these little babes.
So when the storms are brewing all around us, or the rain just won’t seem to let up, take heart friend, there’s a break in the clouds just ahead, and when clouds rolls back and the sun shines again (and it will), the blossoms that will come from the rain will be well worth the effort it took to cultivate them.
“And always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again -rejoice! Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about these things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:4-8