As I was heading to Banff, Canada last week I was looking out the window to the clouds and scenery. At first there weren’t many clouds, but we then got to a place that all you could see in any direction were these beautiful white clouds.
In the moment I thought to myself, “Wow, that’s beautiful!” And then I started talking to Papa about the clouds and how so many times in my life I can’t see above the clouds. From this side of the clouds it looked beautiful, but down on earth there was a horrible storm sweeping across the Great Plains and I’m sure they couldn’t see the beauty that I was seeing.
It was during this conversation that Papa started downloading how we view storms and how we should view them. You see… in life storms are bound to happen. You can’t bypass them, you can’t avoid them, nor can you ignore them. They will happen and will sometimes bring destruction.
However, when we stay planted on earth we will be tossed to and fro and won’t know what’s up or down or maybe feel abandoned. But we don’t have to go through the storms like that. We can allow God to pick us up and bring us on top of the storm to see the beauty that comes from the storms.
Even though destruction happens in the storm, it is needed. During the storms we are able to be refined and things in our life we need to release can be released. Maybe we have felt so dry that we need a monsoon to come and bring life back to our dry grounds. In the midst of the storm it is important to understand that we aren’t meant to do things alone.
When our eyes are focused on Jesus and we give everything to God, He will then lift us up above the clouds to help us see what He is doing. However, He will never force you to see life from His perspective but you are always able to ask for wisdom… He gives it to us freely.
Believe me, I understand that some storms look like nothing good can come from it, but from my experience I have come to realize that the worst storms comes with the best outcomes. Six months ago I felt like I had just been blown off of a mountain that turned into a volcano. I had no clue where I was going to land. I no longer knew what was to come of my life. I felt like everything in my world had changed and there was nothing I could do to stop it.
People I care about deeply were hurt. I wanted to make everything better. But again, there was nothing I could do. It was on a drive to Greenville when I was talking angrily with God letting Him know it wasn’t fair and it didn’t make sense, when He started downloading a new future into my heart. One that I thought would never happen, He started to show me how He was going to provide to let it happen.
In the same way, when I was flying over the earth at 30,000 feet above sea-level, God was reminding me of the adventures He has planned for me and He showed me in such a real way how it looks when we ask Him to take control of our lives. Instead of the turmoil and chaos, we see the beauty and calmness.
I pray that as you have read this that you are able to see the beauty in the midst of your chaos. Believe me, I’m still having to remind myself of the beauty I saw, but once you see the beauty, it’s easier to remind yourself that God has great plans for you and that He is using the chaos to bring forth the beauty that would never be found otherwise.
Keep searching for beauty!