We Must Remember The Storm

Of all my most cherished photographs there is one that stands out.

There are pictures illustrating wedding day jitters, and another portraying a perfectly wrinkled newborn smirking in her sleep. There is one that captures the rare occurrence of me and my siblings embracing, and another of my daughter warily taking her first steps.

And then there is the picture I hold closest to my heart…

a picture of when I had nearly given up.

storm

The summer sun illuminating the smile I had purposefully painted on my face doesn’t fool me. At the exact time this picture was taken my husband had been sleeping on the couch for weeks, and the broken promises within our marriage easily outnumbered the wedding gifts we had received just two years earlier! We had run out of things to say and even worse, reasons to keep trying to make it work!

…And it was going to get worse!

At the time this picture was taken, I could have never known that there were more lies bubbling to the surface, more fits of tears in store (that were oftentimes so intense, I questioned whether my heart would physically give out) And even more difficult for me to admit, a bout of depression that would have me questioning whether I could endure any longer.

The picture that holds the most significance to me is one taken amidst a raging storm in my life. A storm that pains me to remember, but I am hard-pressed to never forget!

A storm much like what was described in the Bible…

“The waters of the flood came and covered the Earth…

All the underground waters erupted from the Earth and the rain fell in mighty torrents from the sky…

The rain continued to fall…

The floodwaters grew deeper…

As the waters rose higher and higher above the ground, the boat floated safely on the surface.”  

Genesis 7:10-12, 17-18

This violent storm that the Bible is referring to is the flood, and from the sound of its enormity it sounds much like the ’emotional storms’ I have found myself in!

…When bad luck seemed to fall ‘ in mighty torrents from the sky’…when my seemingly happy existence ‘erupted’ into something barely recognizable …When my trials got deeper… and deeper… and each new wave of trouble threatened to overtake me….

Yet, the Lord kept me safe.

After all I am here to tell you about it, aren’t I?

God tells us that our lives will be full of many seasons, “planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night…” but in Genesis 9:11 He clearly says, “… never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood.”

God made a promise to the world (via a rainbow) that He would never again destroy all life, and that picture of me smack-dab in the middle of my heartache proves He never did!

Even so, my heart will always break for the girl in that picture. When I look into her eyes I will always feel pressed to tell her there’s no need to disguise her pain because I know she cries every night in a heap in the closet. Oh, how I wish I could remind her that when she screams out in frustration like a raging lunatic, it’s not a direct reflection of how ‘awful she is’ but how hurt she has been!’

… And that no matter how unfair a hand life has dealt her if she can withstand the storm  just a little longer, the storm will settle ‘and she will not be destroyed!

Our God promises a life of varied seasons, so we can be certain that at times it is going to rain! Likely even that it will POUR!

But even when life seems most bleak… we will not be destroyed!

Even when we feel most weary… we will not succumb!

Because In God’s hands we will ‘float safely on the surface’ of every storm that comes our way!

Oftentimes it takes staring deep into the heartache of our past, to speak directly to the fear that is overwhelming us in the present. So this week: find a picture of yourself in the midst of the most turbulent storm in your life, and remind yourself that our God will overcome!

He did it before, He will do it again! ( and again!)

“[God] calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves.” Psalm 107:29Krista Signature

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13 thoughts on “We Must Remember The Storm

    • Hey Debbie, I actually don’t read all the comments but accidentally came across yours. And I am SO glad I did as that is not what I meant! I fixed what I wrote in hopes to better clarify what I meant. Feel free to email me anytime using the ‘contact’ page (I do read and respond to those! 🙂

  1. This was a beautiful post and brought me to tears because I have some of those pictures that remind me of hard times as well but now I will look at them in a different light. Keep being real!.

  2. Wow, thanks for your honesty! I’m learning lessons in the area of trust, etc, myself. The thing that pulls me through is knowing that God is faithful and has a plan, even when it doesn’t look like it. I only just posted about that on my blog this morning!

  3. I have a picture like that I keep in the top drawer. Every now and again, I pull it out, and reflect upon that time in my life and just smile back at her thanking God he moved me from there!

  4. Kirsta,
    The verse that keeps coming to mind is the one in Romans 8- “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God….” I heard Beth Moore teach once that even the really dark moments of our life are fertile ground for God to use. We have to allow His grace access to those dark corners of our past, allow Him to fill the holes in our boat and trust His morter to keep us afloat. Easier said after the storm- but oh so true. I have an album of those pictures I open once in a while… God is still redeeming some of them while others now beam of healing.

  5. This was just what I needed to read today. I’m really bad about smiling and pretending I’m ok because I think I should, but feeling like I’m suffocating. I’d never looked at the flood as anything other than a story before this, but it’s completely applicable and really hit home. Thank y’all for this blog, it’s spoke to me more than any other devo I’ve ever tried to partake in! Be blessed!

  6. Krista I have been catching up on all the posts today and boy can I feel His mighty presence. I feel like you guys have written these words for me. I have seen the storm. I have been in the storm. I have been underwater, over the water, through the water, bobbled in the water and on top of the water. I have found myself stranded on the banks of the rivers and oceans and without realizing God had me in his arms because I was really lost.

    Thank you to all of you for bringing me back to the Lord. For years, I tossed Him aside and now I am trying to find my way back and all because of a blog I happened to stumble across. God bless all of you.

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