During the “5K Everyday in the Month of May Challenge” I entered last year (2019) by Jeff Polen, I journaled about what God taught me each day. The lessons were astounding and so encouraging to my heart that I decided to begin doing that more often. Actually it was this challenge that inspired me to begin this blog. Today, I decided to share one of the posts from that month’s journaling.
I went out planning on being back before the approaching storm. It was a pretty relaxing pace for the first half. My mom told me not to go far so I turned around at about 1.7 miles. (I had planned on going about 3 miles and then turning around.) I was watching the sky and when I turned around it seemed in those couple minutes the storm was much closer than I had anticipated.
I hadn’t learned anything during this run so I began praying that God would teach me something. (Not so sure that was a good idea). I noticed the storm began to pick up pace, as did my feet. It began to sprinkle when I reached the last .7 miles. Then all of a sudden it let loose. I saw a couple hail chunks and started getting super nervous. I was praying and running hard. With no time to think of anything I cried, “Lord, get me home!”
I had to stop and catch my breath once and cried out to God for strength. The rain almost completely stopped just long enough to give me courage to start running again. I have to admit I was scared to death. I was looking for any place I could to hide. A tree? No, I just saw lightening. A ditch? No, that wouldn’t do anything. Someone’s house? No, might as well just run the last tenth mile by then.
I wanted to get home and when I saw my dad outside looking for me I immediately felt better! I was home and had seen my dad. I was finally safe.
The main thing that kept popping in my head was, “You can’t outrun a storm.” As I ran that last half mile I realized how Jesus calls us to look to Him during a storm. Look to the Father for comfort. Seek Him and He will be found. Just like my dad waiting out in the storm for me, God waits in the storm with open arms for us to come to Him for comfort.
Home never sounded so good as it did during that storm while I was out. And what frustrated me even more was that the storm was over by the time I got out of the shower, and it looked beautiful outside. I thought, Seriously!
During spiritual storms, very often, Jesus never sounds so good until we are in the storm. Why do you think God put the Israelites through so many hardships? It was to draw them back to Himself. To remind them that He is the ultimate goal in life. At the end of our life we will stand before Him. If on earth we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior, we will get to live with Him forever. But if we reject His free gift on earth, He has no other choice but to give us to our father. We have a choice to either stay a child of the devil or be adopted into God’s family. It’s our choice.
I don’t know about you, but I enjoy being a child of God way more than I “enjoyed” being a child of the devil. God’s ways are way more pleasant in the end!