Psalm 93:4
“The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea.”

The only concern on my mind was to keep the sand off of my towel. Many afternoons were spent lying on the beach, soaking in the sun. I can still remember how it felt to reach into the hot sand beside me and let it sift through my fingers. Complete relaxation. There was an absence of pressure and stress. I was able to hear the people laughing and talking around me against the sound of the crashing waves, yet I was still.

What would my life be like if all of my days were spent in the sun? If I never experienced the rain, or heard the thunder?  I suppose it would be much like a desert. How could I have grown?

It’s during the storms that I have the privilege of learning about God in a different light, through the darkness.

I must not only endure the storms in my life, but also experience them with thankfulness as they are a Holy privilege of learning more about God’s character, as He is never moved by a storm. It’s easy to be thankful for times of rest, but I must also carry joy through the storms.

May the sun always serve as a reminder of my Lord’s joy and peace, and the thunder a reminder of His power and strength. The weather that surrounds will always be changing. My thankful heart must not, and my Lord never will.