Thursday, August 16, 2012

Can You Dance In The Rain?

As a little girl, I loved to go outside during rain storms, and play in my bathing suit in the puddles. Rain was magical, fun, special. Clean, fresh.

Growing up, it remained the same. If it was raining, I was giddy and excited! It still is cause for excitement, joy, reflection and more.

After losing Michael, one song came to mind, often. Over and over!

Praise You In This Storm, by Casting Crowns. I'd loved it before hand, but afterwards, it seemed like it became my mantra. Even though I didn't 'feel' like praising, I knew one day I would. That I should. Please allow me to share the lyrics with you, below.

"Praise You In This Storm"
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

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And 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

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to you
And you raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

So now...more than joy in storms, actual storms, causes me to remember God's mercy, His promise to me, that my help is the Maker of the Earth, that my pain and my tears are numbered and known to Him. That my true source of praise is IN Him who is Everlasting to Everlasting. Not in things of this world, things that pass away and decay. Even as I re-read those lyrics, I feel a swelling of love, and peace that I know, only comes from Him. From the knowledge of who He is. 

So when it rains...when the storms come your way, remember that there is amazing beauty in them, there is always a rainbow to come. There is ALWAYS hope. 

Let's go praise Him, in the storms that come, both the weather kind, and the life kind!  

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