Beauty of the Storm

Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
— Romans 5:2-5 (NIV).
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
— Philippians 4:8
We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.
— Aristotle Onassis

 Do you find yourself having to accept your circumstances, instead of being free to change them? God gives us each our unique crosses to bear. I look at people who are moving their way up in the business world, or becoming lawyers right out of law school, and I am amazed. Some people know what they are called to do, or what they want to do, and they do it. That is phenomenal. God has given me a special cross to bear in that I must be very aware of my body's needs. I know that it is best to let myself rest, recover, and heal at this time in my life, but it is extremely difficult. It is especially difficult for someone who has unhealthy amounts of dreams and ambition. Nothing I do is ever enough for myself. My thoughts about my own work are always disheartening. My perception of reality, when looking over anything I have created, always alters for the worse. It is exhausting. 

 If we can come to the point in our lives where we accept the burden we have been given to bear, it can become much lighter. Finding ways to cope with a problem is infinitely more helpful than denying the problem exists. Full removal of our burden is not always God's will, as a thorn in our flesh often keeps us humble.

 I find myself trying to focus on the good things about my circumstances, and in life. It is something I have to continuously come back to every single day. There is always a positive way to look at our lives. We have to choose healthy thoughts, not just once, but over and over. I am starting to wonder if it comes naturally for any of us. 

 I will always tell you the truth, and I do not cater to comfort. Storms are coming. Storms will always come. We have the freedom to stay grounded and see beauty in the midst of them.

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 I looked up after this storm and saw a rainbow.