If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has the power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.Eleonora Duse
I saw this quote above and I liked it – thought I’d share before I get into my real talk.
Other sidenote: I’m typing this while sipping on a half sweet tea/half lemonade from Chick-fil-a – if you haven’t had one, you need to. Life changing. I’m slowly trying everything Chick-fil-a has to offer so I can be a true fan. JUST LIKE BEING A TRUE FAN OF CHRIST JESUS.
Being a true fan means accepting and following Jesus when it’s hard, even when it’s scary and difficult. Recently, like within the past 24 hours, there have been some crazy stuff happening locally with all the tornadoes, high wind, flooding, hail, and crazy lightning brightening the sky. Looking at the weather maps on the news apps and channels, it’s overwhelming and just straight up frightening. Red areas on the maps spanned over a state long and multiple tornadoes were spun up at once. National news outlets and newspapers were creating stories of predictions that when read, even an Oklahoman would get scared. (Oklahomans are known for going out into the storm to watch it blow through.)
During these times, it’s tempting to be scared and lose faith that God will protect and provide. He doesn’t intend to harm us. Why do these things happen? I’m not a scientist and I’m not gonna be an interpreter of God. I dont know if running out into the storm is wise… and not a way to test your faith in God. I sometimes find myself worried and afraid and later think, it wasn’t so bad, why was I doubting God then when He’s never let me down before?
The world is scary – people, spirits, and weather occurrences – but we don’t have to be afraid with God. We’re not of this world, therefore whatever this world throws at us doesn’t really matter because we overcome it through Jesus Christ.
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!Psalm 46:1-3
This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.Joshua 1:9
I pray that what’s left of this spring is positive, encouraging and SPRINGS you right into a bright summer season full of adventure. That’s what I’m aiming for 🙂