Easy. This one I heard fast and I believed in fully.
There was a hurricane coming our way. Typhoon is what they call it in Japan. Category 5 typhoon- which is pretty darn bad. High winds, lots of rain, potential flooding. Bad… all bad.
She said it quick and not in an assertive way… But I heard it and it stuck with me. She said, ‘pray that the typhoon goes away.’ And instantly I thought, ‘what if it’s not supposed to go away.’
What if the typhoon isn’t supposed to go away… What if it’s here to serve a purpose. It’s scary, I know. Super dangerous and not pleasant whatsoever, but what if there’s a reason it’s supposed to come.
What if in my life the bad parts were supposed to come. What if instead of praying the pain away, I prayed for strength in the middle of the storm. What if there’s a reason. What if God had purpose for all the pain, hurt, doubt, frustration, and confusion. What if the storms in my life served a lot more good than bad.
At around 8 PM the rain stopped. After hours and hours of downpour- to the point that the park had no become a swimming pool- it all came to a halt. The wind ceased and the trees that were once blowing wildly in the wind were now still. We were in the eye of the storm. In other parts of the country the typhoon still roared violently, but where we were it was peaceful and calm.
Maybe that’s what it’s like when you hold onto God in the midst of a stormy season. When you trust fully in His goodness… When you put your whole hope into His promise… Then no matter how much everything around you gets crazy, you can be still.