Here are some things I have learned about the storms we must face:
- Some storms look terrible to begin with, then just fizzle out. Don’t fret over things that “appear” to be bad. Time will tell just how severe the storm is. Quit worrying about “the what ifs.”
- Some storms we bring upon ourselves with dumb decisions. Think twice about the potential consequences of your decisions. Better to avoid it altogether than to have to endure a storm that you caused.
- It rains on the just and the unjust alike. Don’t feel like you are the only one going through the storm. Other people are going through the similar if not identical things. While that may not be a comfort to you when you are in the storm, it does put things in perspective that you are not alone. Everybody, and I mean everybody goes through storms.
- You may not have been the cause of the storm, but you still have to survive it. When I found myself in a literal hail storm one time, I waited under an underpass along with about 20 other vehicles. The storm eventually let up and we all got out without a scratch. Know where your underpass is if you see a storm approaching.
- Look for the rainbow. That signals the end of the storm. Sometimes they are hard to see, but look for them nonetheless. They are an example that beauty can come from the storm if you seek it. They are a sign of hope.
- Remind yourself that, “This too shall pass.” Seldom does a storm last for a lifetime. Some do, but most don’t.
My wife recently saw a man riding a bike and a dog running beside him. She assumed from the looks of him that he was homeless. She and one of our daughters stopped to see if there was anything they could do to help him. He had a great attitude. He was on the way to get his dog groomed! Someone had donated a grooming for his pet. How cool is that? He was a veteran that was raising money for Wounded Warriors by traveling across the country and seeking help from those he encountered…not for himself…but for those men and women who have come back to our country wounded and trying to acclimate themselves back into society.
Appearances can be deceiving. I know some people think twice about whether to help homeless people. Here is my take on that. It is not our job to determine whether or not they really need our help. God is their judge….not me. Not you. My advice is, give as often as you have the means to do so. His words to my wife and daughter were worth stopping to hear. He told them, “Something good always follows something bad.” Those were words my wife and daughter really needed to hear that day. Who knows? Maybe he was an angel in disguise, sent there to give them a word of encouragement.
If you are in a storm, look for the rainbow. It may be just what you need to keep you going and stay the course.