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What Did Your Storm… Bring You?

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The motel window rattled and the floor seemed to reverberate at the deafening sound of thunder. Rain, driven by the harsh wind, sounded like BB’s were hitting the window and the outside door of my room.

Lightening flashes lit up my darkened room. My iPhone weather apps alerted me of the presence of hail and damaging winds, with possible flooding.

I can sleep through most storms, but not this one. The clock on the nightstand said 3:10am. I had only been asleep for little over an hour.

All the Motels were full for miles. I had to drive through the Southern Mississippi night into the wee hours of the morning to find a room. And now that I had found one, I couldn’t sleep because of the storm.

It was a loud storm too. It shook everything in it’s path and it robbed me of my sleep and sense of peace and safety.  After a couple of hours though, the storm moved on and the rain stopped .

When I walked outside after daylight with my luggage to continue my journey, I worried that the hail had damaged my rented car. It had not, but I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw what the storm had done to my car.

I looked at the hood, and I said out loud, “Look what my storm has brought me!”

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It is so easy, while in the middle of our storms to get so overwhelmed with it’s potential dangers, that we have no hope of a storm producing anything lovely or pretty.

Yet, it can happen.

Were the flowers on the hood beautiful? Absolutely!

I just wasn’t prepared for the concept of a storm providing me with beautiful and delicate flowers!

What Has Your Storm Brought You?

Written by Martyn Ballestero

June 11, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Posted in Comfort

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  1. Beautiful! Thank you.

    Johnny King

    June 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm

  2. Dear Brother, Thank you so much for this spiritfilled messages to study and to meditate and to reach for others in India, i am Teaching to our Congregations and outreaches here, please share more regularly. Have you been to India to preach? please pray for us, we have much idolatry here and we want to win more souls. Please greet all the saints with you and ask them to pray for India. in Jesus Love, Evangelist Babu.

    SHARAT BABU

    June 11, 2013 at 2:56 pm

  3. How absolutely beautiful!!!

    Carlene Branham

    June 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm

  4. What a unique way of describing a “storm”. Like our “snow” storm – when it’s over everything is blanketed in clean super white snow. A very beautiful and pristine picture! Life’s storms have a way of giving us a “different” picture. We just need to find the “beauty” in it. God Bless you Brother.

    Bill & Sheila Eagles

    June 12, 2013 at 5:57 am

  5. A lot of times it seem we overlook the insignitive blessings from the LORD. He is good God and desires to bless us daily, in some eyes it was a blessing in others just a dirty car, it’s all in where your eyes are looking.:)

    Ron Stanton

    June 13, 2013 at 8:22 am

  6. Having just come through a storm, I can easily understand the loss of peace and the fear. But I can also say that as the old song says, ” The Lord gave me beauty for ashes, and for sorrow he gave to me joy…I sure got the best of the trade!”

    Crystal (Morris) Smith

    June 14, 2013 at 11:57 pm

  7. I was a teacher at Briarwood Elementary in Moore,OK on May 20 when the tornado hit our school. My classroom totally gone and 19 years worth of teaching materials with it. Through the storm, I was able to be a witness in prayer, praying out loud for Jesus to protect us and the children. The storm brought me a new job at another school next year. A position that I have always wanted but never could get going through the interview process.Praise the Lord! The storm brought me a new car. Mine was 10 years old and had over 135,000 miles on it. Because of the storm, I’ve been blessed with some money and gift cards to help replace lost items. I’m so glad I know the “Peace Speaker”. The One who can calm the storm or take us through it.

    Carol McVea

    June 17, 2013 at 11:12 am

  8. Another post that hit home. Thank you.

    royballard

    September 11, 2013 at 3:08 am


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