Sometimes as we see the dark storm clouds rolling in- darkening our world in a dismal gray- we are tempted to be depressed. "Woe is me! Where is the sunshine?"
We feel as though the world isn't right until the sky is clear, the sun radiant upon your face, blooming flowers grace the air with fragrance, and the music of birds fill the atmosphere.
Or is it?
When we come upon a storm in our life- when something doesn't go our way, when tragedy strikes, when we are having relational issues- life seems gray, dull, without a point. We lose motivation and drive, we lose sight of our goal in Christ- IF we allow it.
James 1:2-3 says,
"Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials;
knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance."
It is what you make it- will you allow it to tear down your character- wallow in self-pity, stare out the window, noting the gray sky, the muddy messes that are pooling up? Or will you dance in it? Run outside, spin round and round, splash in the puddles, let it wash you- for the testing of your faith produces endurance-
"And let endurance have it's perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
Watch the flowers when the rain falls- how much more vibrant are they after a storm?