Praising God Through My Storm
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Praising God Through My Storm
Replaying the last argument my newly separated husband and I had just gotten into, I began to pace up and down the driveway. The cool evening in December was accompanied by a perfectly clear, star-filled sky. As I stopped to look up into the endless heavens, a new song started playing over the radio. At the sound of the first few lines, tears began to trickle down my cold face. My ears were listening attentively, and my heart was taking in every word of the song Praise You in the Storm by Christian band, Casting Crowns.
"Praise You in the Storm" by: Casting Crowns
Too many times I have been placed in a situation that has left me wondering God, where are You? My heart would cry out to be rescued from the hardship I was facing, and even after turning to my Heavenly Father for help, the problems still remained or even became worse. “I was sure by now God You would have reached down and wiped our tears away, stepped in and saved the day, but once again, I say amen, and it’s still raining.” Those lyrics could not have more accurately described what I was feeling. It saddens me to know that my faith has been weakened at times to the point where I’ve felt that God wasn’t listening to me and had allowed my troubles to multiply.
At that point in my life, the dark clouds were continuously dumping buckets of water all over my world. You see, I had promised God my whole life, and almost as soon as I had, Satan kicked into full gear, tearing away at everything I held dear. Most of all, my marriage was in a streaming downward spiral, with no hope of being rescued. “As the thunder rolls, I barely hear You whisper through the rain I am with you.” The thunder was definitely crashing so loudly around me that I hadn’t even tried to listen to hear if God was calling out to me. We may not hear God audibly, but He speaks to us through other ways, such as through the Holy Spirit or reading His word. I was so wrapped up in my own self-pity that I hadn’t opened up the bible to see what God may have wanted to tell me. If I had, I may have found Psalm 34:17-19: “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.” To think how those words could have brought me comfort, but I was too worried about my thunderstorm to even try to hear God whispering to me.
Unfortunately, I was far from even thinking about God being in control of my whole life. As a matter of fact, during my separation-induced depression, I had done all but remember that my all-knowing God is larger than any human problem. My focus was only centered on the sadness that had built up inside of me and not focused on the fact that God hears my cries and will lift me up again when I am weak. Hearing the words - “I remember when I stumbled in the wind. You heard my cry to You and raised me up again.” – gave me a sense of calmness, and reminded me that my Father is always here with me and will pick me up anytime I fall down. How refreshing it is to know that when my life is falling apart . . . my God is right there with me, carrying me through any problems. He didn’t promise that our lives would be perfect, or that we would be saved from sadness or hardships . . . thunder or rain storms. What he did promise is that He will never leave us during those storms. In fact, He is the one carrying us through the hard times to make sure we get to the other side safely. To describe the amazing comfort that ran through my soul while listening to those lyrics is impossible. One would have to experience the elation of the Holy Spirit moving inside of them in order to possibly understand the super-natural presence.
Once again, I’ll admit that it is so easy to get caught up in my own selfishness that I completely forget to acknowledge the strength of my Lord. He is the maker of Heaven and Earth, and being the creator of everything, He is obviously smarter than I am. “Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of Heaven and Earth.” If He chooses to allow me to go through a thunder storm, all I have to do is listen to this song, and I will be reminded that He is always in control and that His will is perfect. God knows the end from the beginning, and He is perfectly aware of the best route my life should take. “As Your mercy falls, I will raise my hands and praise the God who gives and takes away.” Who am I to praise my Father only when He gives to me? Should I not also continue to love Him even though He had chosen to take away? He knows what is needed in order to make me the person He wants me to be. I will trust His will because I know my Father only wants what is best for me.
To fully explain the majesty of the wonderful Lord that I serve in a single song is absolutely impossible. To actually comprehend the mental dimensions of the Alpha and Omega is not at all humanly possible. Once one actually believes that they may have a slight idea of who God is . . . that is when they realize that they will NEVER get close to understanding His magnificence and power. But the whole idea that Praise You in the Storm is trying to convey is to remember, even in the most difficult times of our lives, that God is here with us, will never leave us, and loves us enough to raise us back up high where the sun shines bright.
This is my favorite song because I have had and continue to go though many trials, but I know my Father is forever with me, and He is worthy of praise. “Every tear I’ve cried, You hold in Your hand. You never left my side, and though my heart is torn, I will praise You in this storm.” So, until the day I die, I will praise my wonderful, glorious, just Father whether things are perfectly wonderful or my heart is breaking into pieces, because I know He has never left my side.
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