Standing

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 
2 Corinthians 4:8-9

The sleet-laden gusts were stirring the tree tops, rocking them back and forth, stripping away any dead wood or unwelcome detritus from the branches that were starkly contrasted against the early morning, rain-filled, clouds. The saplings bent flexibly in the breezes, their root systems immovable. And when the storm had passed they were still standing, just as their Creator had intended.

How are we when the storms of life gust their way through the branches of our souls? When all of sudden, the car needs an expensive repair, or a friend passes away. When the boss suddenly announces that our services are no longer required. Do we sink into a pit of misery, shouting out, “Why me, God?” or do we remain strong and resilient, seeing sunshine after the rain? Thanking God for His grace and mercy. Trust and faith in Him firmly rooting our souls. Remembering that He is an ever-present help in times of trouble. Still standing just as our Creator had intended.

The storm we are currently in will pass. Pandemics don’t last forever. Lockdowns will end. And in the meantime the sun is just below the horizon. Don’t forget, God’s mercies are new every morning.

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