Lightning strikes our lives.
Waves of storms, lighting the sky like daylight.
Cracks in our very existence, shaking us to our core.
We become afraid, and weary of fear. We become terrified. We cower.
Lightning is deafening and deadly.
Storms ruin our carefully shaped human existence.
We stand and look around at the ruins. We weep and mourn for what we built, and what has been decimated.
But the one who created us, the one who loves us, the one who defines our perspective on life-
He knows what storms are. He has seen, been in, and calmed them. He has walked them and comforted those lost in the rain and skyfall.
He has stood on the edge as we wept. He has mourned with us. He has slipped into our midst as we cry out for mercy and for healing.
And He is bigger than what we are going through.
We are called to not only walk in faith, but to also BELIEVE. To stand in the face of the rain and say to the sky-
My God is bigger than this.
We are called to love each other, but to also look into each others lives for the storms. To see the rain in our loved ones eyes and offer comfort and shelter.
We are to be the shelter for those lost in the fear of the lightening.
We are to be the shelter for those crying out in fear of the thunder.
We are to mend. We are to hold. We are to give our strength when others weaken.
We are to be bold in our prahyers for others walking the edge of a dark gray sky. We are to call to them that they are safe, they are loved. We are to enter the lashing rain, the noise and the purple bruised life and cast our faith like wind over them.
We are created to mend.
Women know how to do this, from the moment we are born. We know how to nurture. To be soft. To look deeper and to see more.
We are created to mend the broken and to comfort the hurting.
Don't let this world make your heart hard to what Christ created in us, as sisters of God. He created a softness and an eagerness to give of ourselves to those who need it. He gave us physical eyes and eyes of the spirit to see the hurt beyond the words.
He gave into you a heart meant to nurture and heal.
Do not let this world, with it's hardness and it's hurt steal from you this precious gift of mending.
Look beyong the surface to what can be healed. Push beyond the words those you love say to what they need. Look for the storms, seek them out, and cast a mantle of love and prayer over those hurting and in pain.
You were created to fight the storms. Not only in your life, but in others.
Do not be afraid.