Weathering the Storm

Have you ever felt like a huge storm had just opened directly over your head? I have and it felt like I was getting pelted and I was soaked and just miserable.  On top of all of that, I was scared of the lightning!  So what did I do to weather the storm?  Well, first I cried (always step 1),  I prayed for the strength to get me through.  Then for good measure, I cried some more.  I journaled.  I then prayed that no one would ever see my journals.  I reached out to friends.  After my sniveling and falling apart to them, I prayed that they would still be my friend.  And what I found is that those true friends are still here.  They stuck with me; and through that process of sharing my weakest and most vulnerable moments, a closer bond was created.

can't rain forever

The severe thunderstorm passes but the storms remain.  Then they become only scattered thunderstorms but sometimes still severe.  One thing that is true, however, is these storms in life will never stop.  One storm may teach you that you should remember to put an umbrella in the car.  Another storm may teach you not to stand under the tree when it’s lightening.  Or another storm may teach you to pay attention to the forecast.

The most important lesson however is that everyone has storms to weather and it would be rare for the storm to have been directly over only me.  But when I was in the eye of the storm, my friends provided me shelter.  I am pretty sure many gave me their umbrellas and raincoat when it was storming at their place too.  I hope and pray that if or when it is my turn, I can provide shelter as generously as they did.  (If it was in the form of a Ritz Carlton, it still wouldn’t be good enough for them.)

friends pick you up

  7 comments for “Weathering the Storm

  1. Susan tillot son
    January 26, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I’m so happy you have learned what true friends are for. And you should never apologize for turning to them!

  2. Vantha
    January 26, 2013 at 10:31 am

    This was a really nice and enlightening post. Do you mind if I re blog?

    • January 26, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Thank you! I would consider it a wonderful compliment if you reblogged!

  3. January 26, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Wow. Great stuff:-)

  4. Dad
    January 26, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Very insightful.

  5. Leesa
    January 29, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Excellent analogy! I do think the storms come through when we are needing to clean out the unhealthy and toxic parts of our lives. Just as nature seems “washed anew” after a good thunderstorm, we too, can experience that same cleansing.

    • January 29, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      I like that…and believe there is truth to that. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), there is no way around it but through it either.

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