Whenever there was a storm, my mother instructed us to sit in one room until the storm was over quietly. And, whatever we were doing (eating, fixing a meal, watching television) had to wait until “God was done with His work.” But, what I didn’t know at the time is how this training spilled over in helping all of us handle adversities.
Secretly, I believe we all enjoyed the break from routine. The quiet time gave us all time to reassess our lives. Before resuming our planned activities after the storm, my two brothers, our mother, and I would sit around and tell family bloopers or reveal some new understanding about life issues. Later I realized that although a storm can bring about chaos, it is possible to achieve calmness during a storm. Also, we make the most out of storms by achieving stillness and going within ourselves to bring about revelations, including a new way of handling future storms.
I learned a long time ago that teachers aren’t always fit the stereotype ( older, bald head, fancy robe, mustache or clean face, etc.). Not all teachers are human. Sometimes our teachers bring chaos, but it is up to us to take advantage of the still moments. The two family members who misused my developing body were my teachers. With their help, I learned some things about myself, including learning to trust myself and the Voice within.
Even the absence of something can teach you something. An absent father, another storm, taught me to address my emotions and feelings instead of relying on external comforters.
Whatever you are experiencing didn’t come overnight. However, storms can be an opportunity to put our life in order. Some of the questions you can ask yourself include:
- What’s keeping me from experiencing a peace that surpasses understanding?
- What storms are you experiencing, including coronavirus, and how are you handling them?
- How am I showing love to the ones I profess I love?
- How am I not showing Love to the ones I profess I love?
- What emotions and feelings haven’t I dealt with?
- How can I efficiently maximize my energy, experiences, money, and time? Are you doing what you love to do? Do you feel limited at work?
Make this lifetime great!
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Sometimes we may feel we are alone, but we are not. Often, we may believe our prayers aren’t answered, but our Creator is listening. We may not understand what’s going on in the world, but there is a plan. Keep believing. Keep praying. Keep living. Remember that faith is “the confidence of what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (NIV, Hebrews 11:1).
May comfort, love, and peace surround you and yours.
Often, we look outside to feel good about ourselves, in control, and worthy of life. Yet, everything you need is within you, and everything outside of you will guide you back to yourself. So, take this time during the coronavirus pandemic to get to know yourself.
Make this lifetime great!