Wind gusts whipped through leaf-clad tree branches. Snow pelted the sidewalks, leaving a slushy mess. For October 31st, the weather was displaying its own form of trick-or-treat. Unfortunately, it was no treat.
Despite miserable conditions, children—dressed as ghouls and goblins—trudged through the inclement weather, eager to claim their yearly treats of Snickers and cupcakes from next-door neighbors.
When I awoke the next morning, I noticed the once-leafy branches were now brown, bare limbs. Ice-crusted leaves lay scattered upon the ground; frosted remnants awaiting the first rays of sunlight to melt the snow. I shuddered. I was not ready for winter.
Around noon, I drove across town to visit my step-daughter and grandson. On the way, I passed a beautiful red burning bush. Its vibrancy immediately caught my attention, so I pulled to the side of the street and stopped.
What amazed me about this shrub was the fullness of its scarlet leaves. Unlike the trees and plants that had taken a beating from gale-like winds the night before, this little bush remained fully clothed in all her glory, gleaming in the morning sun. Her leaf-adorned branches stood aright and grand, displaying beauty and strength.
Looking at the magnificent little bush, I wondered if I was prepared to weather impending storms heading my direction. When wicked winds blow into my life, will I stand strong? Will I remain fully clothed in splendor and beauty, or will my leaves drop to the ground covered with icy frost? How will I face inclement weather ravished upon my soul?
When I start to question my strength, I turn to the book of Psalms. Here I’m told that God will help me through life’s storms because He is my strength. If I stand rooted in Him, I will remain strong and flourishing.
Then, instead of worrying about impending storms that threaten to diminish me, I look to God for strength. With His help, I stand unhindered by the daunting forces of destruction as they whip through my being. I cling to His hand and trust Him to lead me through the darkness. And when daylight breaks, I remain strong—standing radiant and beautiful for all to see.
If you are caught in the midst of life’s storms, reach for God. He will be your strength.
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