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.
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.)