Cate Williams | 98five blogger
We all have a choice when it comes to how we face our storms. And it’s not a matter of if storms will come, but when.
Storms can look like illness and deaths, personal struggles such as loneliness, shame or fear, to others’ criticisms and disappointments, as well as relationship issues.
Whatever they are, you have a choice.
You can brace yourself and try keep your head above the water, or you can let fear overtake you and drown in the midst of it.
I’ve found that often the choice to succumb to the storm is simply because we don’t know how to navigate it, or that we fear it will never end.
But storms don’t last forever.
We often find ourselves flailing, and because we don’t know how we got there or when it’s going to end, we give up and allow ourselves to be overtaken by the crashing waves and gale force winds.
I feel someone needs to hear this right now.
I remember a time in my own life when I was in between seasons.
I had finished up at a church and was awaiting the next door to open.
I remember feelings of loss, confusion, betrayal and a whole host of other emotions as I found myself processing the reality of what had just happened.
Discouragement can easily set in at these times.
And discouragement is the opposite of courage.
I remember writing in my journal this verse:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
The funny thing about storms though, is that you can’t see the good that can possibly come out of one when you’re in one.
All you can see is chaos and monster waves, no foreseeable way out or end to the madness.
But that’s part of what creates the atmosphere for change.
Something happens when we have to relinquish our control and let God take over.
Often it’s a process of simple surrender and allowing yourself to be carried by Him through the storm, and not relying on yourself.
This process in itself changes you in one of the most profound ways.
Suddenly, you realise the deep care He has for your soul, His supernatural ability to bring beauty out of ashes, and the way He instructs you on how to learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
You see, going through a storm, you don’t come out the same.
It changes you and the trajectory of your life.
That particular storm reshaped parts of my identity that wouldn’t have otherwise been forged.
If I’d not gone through the storm, I’d be the same and that would have meant that many opportunities that I’ve been presented with following that time, simply would never have happened.
Storms prepare you for the coming season.
So chin up, hold fast to the promises you have received from God and navigate the storm the best you can.
Fight discouragement with big doses of worship and sinking yourself deep into the healing, restorative word of Christ, and fight it with remembering who God has said you are and will become.
Don’t lose sight of the horizon.
Keep your eye on hope.
Look after yourself and find others who understand you and can support you in your storm, not judge you in it.
You don’t know what is happening in the midst of this crazy storm that is setting you up for your future, or that is changing the trajectory of your life for amazing things to come.
God is behind the scenes working everything together for your good.
Trust Him and His process.
Storms don’t last forever.
And your storm shall also pass.
Much love today, my friend.
Cate is a singer-songwriter, blogger, pastor and curator of The Inspire Collective — a creative network for women in Perth and is one of the writers for Kin Women. Her words resound with hope and love, and her message is one that says you’re not alone and that ‘you can’. It calls the ugly beautiful and brings the hopeless into something redemptive. cateywilliams.wordpress.com | Follow Cate on Facebook| Instagram