"Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors" — African Proverb
As I sit here tonight, I am listening to the sounds of a good thunderstorm. Thunder, lightning, rain, wind. I enjoy the powerfulness of these storms (as long as they don’t cause any major damage). I really get a feel for how awesome this world we live in is.
Thunderstorms also get me thinking about the "thunder" in our lives. The storms that roll in, the wind that blows, the hail storm that can sometimes tear into us, the lightning that strikes out of nowhere. These are times that can test us. Test us mentally. Test us physically.
Sometimes they’re small storms in the walk of life, and other times they’re major storms. How we handle these storms can make all the difference in how we come out on the other end. When we can conquer these storms, we come out stronger than when we went in. I’ve had many of these ‘storms" at work, for instance. Whenever I do, even though I don’t like them, I always come out on the other side knowing so much more than when it all began. Sometimes life can throw a storm at us that can be difficult or impossible to overcome (cancer, car accident, tornado, etc). Still, how we handle these storms we can’t win can really also speak volumes about our souls. Maybe we won’t beat these storms, but maybe we can help someone else who is also fighting this storm with us, or give encouragement to others who might someday face storms like this. Never give up hope that how you deal with these life events can’t affect someone else later on, or that you don’t even know.
We never know what set of cards life will deal us, and things can change at any moment. The only thing we can do is act upon these cards we’ve been dealt. Some of the cards will bring sunshine. Others will brings storms. Take the storms in your life and act upon them in positive ways, and you’ll come out after the storm being a stronger and better person.