“The life of a Christian is this: we are either entering into a storm, going through a storm, or coming out of one. Our lives consist of one storm after another. Life is an extended storm interrupted by brief episodes of peace.”
If we look at our lives, if we are truthful, we will most likely agree with that statement.
Why do we experience storms in our life? Satan wants to attack us, bring us down, and deceive us. And boy has he been doing that to me this week! But we have a choice of how we will weather these storms we face in our life. Will we be overtaken and defeated? or will we turn to God and allow Him to bring us peace in the storm?
Sunday was a bad day for me! Really bad! You know one of those days that you think, nothing else can go wrong or be dumped on ya then it does. And all you want to do is run and hide! Yep that was my day. But God was and still is so faithful. Someone said something to me that really hurt my feelings and boy was satan quick to continue to throw that in my face. But God, showed me through his word that he heard my cries, and gave me truths to block out those lies. (I'll share it in a bit)
You see I was hearing all day that I wasn't to do the Lesson for Middle School Girls Group that I had planned. I was instead to talk to them about the woman at the well in the book of John chapter 4 I kept saying no God please don't, I have this other lesson ready I am not prepared! :) Funny how
So reluctently I obeyed. I only had about an hour to read through the story in John 4 and decide what to teach on. I read it in the NIV and it was good but nothing was really standing out to me, so I decided to read the Message version and that's when I heard God speaking to me through his word. I have read this story in the bible many times and loved it! I feel like I can relate the the Samaritan Woman in many aspects in life (now I haven't had 5 husbands or anything) but I have felt that despair that I was alone in life that she must have felt. But When she meets Jesus at the well and he speakes to her inspite of what was socially acceptable. You see God dosen't expect us to be perfect. Because He knows our true hearts.
It's who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That's the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration. John 4:23-24 It's not about who or what others think of us it's about who we are when we are before God. When I read this I felt like God had written it just for me just for this day specifically. And I cried, because I knew He (God) had heard my cries, and I felt like He said to me I know your heart! WOW!
I went to Girls Group and shared this lesson with them, and I believe that it wasn't only for me that day. I shared with the girls and we had an amzing prayer time.(I believe God is really working in thier lives as well) I am excited to see how God will continue to use me and hopefully next time I will be a little more prepared for the storm.
Have a Beautiful Day!
P.S. The picture above was taken today, in the field across from my house, just another reminder that God is with us!