Correction, it was June 29, 2012 that I wrote the below article.
Yesterday Yhwh brought to my mind something that I started writing back in June of 2013 about the “Storms of Life” and how we handle them. I had totally forgotten that I had started writing it, so tonight I pulled out my pc and opened the file. I had to smile as I read through it. The trials have only continued in intensity through the years (do I dare ask Yhwh what He is preparing me for? ;o)), but I have to admit, I totally agree with what I wrote back then. :o) Yhwh is sooo good! His love is so amazing! And girls, He is SOOO faithful!!!!
Since 2013, something that He has really been teaching me to do is to also “thank and praise Him in the storms”. When we’re in the middle of a trial, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to get down on our knees and actually “thank and praise Him” for the very things that are bringing us such intense pain…but it’s exactly what we need to do!! That, and also the need to embrace them…but then again, I won’t bore you with that, as I touched on that in my last post. So I will sign off and leave you with what I wrote in 2013. May it richly bless you!
Storms – How Do We View Them?
When trials and storms come into our life, how do we view them? What do we see? How do we react to them? What do we learn from them? Or do we learn anything? These are some of the questions that I would like to talk about today, as everyone will have trials and storms come into their life, it just depends on what those storms are and when they come. As Godly young ladies, we need to know how to respond to them Biblically, when they come into our lives.
The first question that I’d like to address is how we view them.
Girls, how do we view storms? Do we scream out “why?”? “Why did you allow this into my life, Yahweh?” Do we view them as ways to learn and grow? Do we resist them? Run from them? Do we look at them with the eyes of Yahweh? Or the eyes of man?
In my short lifetime, Yahweh has brought me through many, many trials and storms. Some of them, I must confess, were outright hard and heartbreaking to go through. You can’t look at a dying 4 year old, who you loved like your own daughter, and smile. You can’t look down at your precious sister who was stillborn at 28 weeks, and smile. Let’s face it Girls, storms ARE hard! They are painful, and they are tough. But regardless as to what storms you go through, we need to know how Yahweh wants us to see them. We need to instead of looking at them through man’s eyes, look at them through God’s. Because Girls, this will make all the difference in the world! Let’s see what Yahweh says about things He allows into our life.
Isaiah 29:16 “Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?”
Isaiah 64:8 “But now, Yahweh, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.”
Jeremiah 18:1-6 “The word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith Yahweh. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
Rom 9:20-21 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay…?
You see dear girls, we are the clay in the Master’s hand. EACH and EVERY storm and trial in our lives, is Yahweh molding and fashioning us! Just as the preparing of the earthly clay, hurts the clay, so often the preparing and molding in our own lives, hurts. But, it isn’t because Yahweh has no understanding of what is going on. It is because He HAS understanding, that He is allowing the things into our lives! Listen to this beautiful passage, Ecclesiastes 3:11says, “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”
You see Girls, Yahweh, as the Potter, can see a lump of clay, yet not see the lump (or broken pieces), but see the beautiful vessel that will be created at the end of it! He doesn’t look at brokenness and say “Oh, man! There is nothing I can do with this clay!” No! He sees this refining process as only that! The entire time a Potter is preparing, and refining, and creating, He sees nothing but the beautiful vessel that He can create! The clay is His to mold, not ours to dictate how it will be molded. And this is a hard truth, because often when storms hit our lives, WE want to be in control of them! We want to mold our vessels, yet that is just not the way it is, and PRAISE YAHWEH that it isn’t! Amen? Girls, Yahweh is the Potter of our lives. He is the Potter of everyone around us, too.
In Eccl 3:1 it says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” Girls, my question to you is, do you believe it? Do you believe that Yahweh has a purpose for allowing these trials and storms into your life? Do you believe that He is the Potter and the One in control of your life and your surroundings? Do you believe that He is allowing these things into your life, to mold you and make you, after the image of His Son? Why is it that we sing “Have Thine own way, Lord, Have Thine own way! Thou art the Potter, I am the clay. Mold me and make me after Thy will, While I am waiting, yielded and still”, yet when He tries to do just that, we scream “no!”, “why are you allowing this?” “not me!!”? Dear and precious sisters, the question comes down to, are we going to say to the Potter, “I am the clay, mold me and make me after thy will” or are we going to say to the Potter, “I am the clay and I shall tell you how I want to be molded”? Will we allow Yahweh to use our lives and the lives of those around us? Because dear precious girls, we must realize that in order for Him to do so, we MUST go through a refining and molding process that WILL hurt! But, are we willing to go through it, to see the beautiful artwork that will be made through it? You know, just like a painter, the first couple of strokes on that paper makes it look like anything but a masterpiece, yet if we were willing to stay for the whole time that picture was being created, what would we see in the end? Would our viewpoint be the same? Would we still say “What a mess?” or would we say “Wow! That is breathtakingly beautiful!!!!!!!!”?
We are talking about seeing things through Yahweh’s eyes, and this means that we must sit back and not see things through nearsighted eyes. We must learn to sit back and view things, not from the beginning of the refining process of the clay, but the end results of the masterpiece that He is creating! We must learn to not see brokenness as something horrible, but as the process that must be taken to create something far more beautiful than we could ever humanly imagine! And Girls, this means that we must, let me say that again, this means that we MUST NOT lean on our own understanding! This also means that we must not fear what Yahweh is doing, but have that child-like faith, knowing that He is in perfect control and will do what is truly best for us. I love this verse in Jeremiah. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith Yahweh, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” He also says in Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Yahshua the anointed:”
So you might be thinking that this is all good and great, but what about the pain in the meantime? So we know that Yahweh is in control, we know that He is the Potter and we are the clay, we know that He is performing His work in our lives and the lives around us, we know that He is going to give us an expected end and that there is a time and purpose for everything under heaven and that this is all molding and making us into the image of His Son, purifying and refining us for eternity with His Son, BUT WHAT ABOUT NOW?! How do I deal with the storm, NOW? What do I do with this pain, NOW?
I’m glad you asked! 🙂 No, seriously. I’ve been there. The pain, at times is excruciatingly heartrending! To say that Yahweh is molding us and those around us is true. But that doesn’t do away with the blinding pain that we are facing. What do we do with this pain?
As hard as this may sound, we need to trust Yahweh with all of our hearts and fear not! Girls, when we totally grasp the fact that Yahweh is in control of the situation, not man, we really have nothing to fear! We don’t have to fear the outcome; we don’t have to fear anything about it, for we know that it is not in man’s hands, but a loving God’s! No man will do anything outside of God’s will. As the Psalmist said,
“In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.”
Girls, the only reason why we let fear take root in us is because we do not trust that Yahweh is fully in control OR we are afraid to accept Yahweh’s will. But when we accept both Yahweh’s process AND realize that He is in-control, really, what do we have to fear? And when we realize this, we can know that Yahweh also promised us this wonderful truth in Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not, why? for I am with thee: be not dismayed, why? for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Italic words added)
The truth that is shown to us in these passages and many more is the fact that because Yahweh is our God, we don’t have to fear because He promises to “never leave us nor forsake us”! He promises to be right there with you…all the way! The Potter NEVER leaves His clay while He is molding it. He is right there, all the way! So when the pain gets to be too much, all you need to do is lean on Him. He will see you through this storm and it is only for a time. It is only for a needed time.
And this is why I would like to talk about what we can gain from each storm in our life.
I brought up two intense storms that Yahweh brought me through; losing a little girl who I loved as my own and losing my darling baby sister. What Yahweh taught me through those two very intense storms was the fact that He was not bringing me through them, just to bring me through them. There was a purpose to each and every part of it. He also showed me that I could stiffen my back and not accept those purposes and lessons that He had in-store for me, or I could soften my heart and learn what it was that He had in-store for me. I had two choices…to let the things He brings into my life to better me, or make me bitter? The choice was mine. I had to be willing to allow my clay to be soft and pliable, for no Potter can mold stiffened clay that refuses to be softened. It must be pliable first. Then and only then, can it begin to be molded. This is why when hard times come into my life; I will sit back and say “Yahweh, what is your purpose in all of this? What is it that I can learn through this? What do you have for me in all of this…for I know there is something, what is it?” Yes, Girls, I will plea with Yahweh to know what it is that I need to learn through and from it! Do I enjoy going through the pain? No, but I certainly don’t want to waste it, either! If I’m going to go through pain, why not learn what I can through it? Why not prosper and grow through it? Why not use it to better me?
Girls, we can’t change anyone. We can’t, as much as we may like, protect others from being hurt or molded. In fact, we don’t want to stop Yahweh’s hand at work in their lives and only He knows what that person must go through. BUT, what we CAN change is us! The question is, will we? Will we waste the storms of life, or will we use them to the fullest potential? Will we allow each storm to draw us to our knees? Or will we allow these storms to stiffen our necks even more so? You know girls, being weak and having to lean on Yahweh is not a bad thing. We must know that we can not go through life on our own. We need Him. We need to know His strength, not our own. Joel 3:10 says, ”…let the weak say, I am strong.”
I’d like to leave you all with this poem that has become so precious to me. It is SO true! May Yahweh bless you through it, as He has me.
If you never…
If you never felt pain,
Then how would you know that I am a Healer?
If you never prayed through,
How would you know that I am a Deliverer?
If you never had a trial,
How could you call yourself an overcomer?
If you never felt sadness,
How could you know that I am a comforter?
If you never made a mistake,
How would you know I am forgiving?
If you knew all,
How would you know that I will answer your questions?
If you never were in trouble,
How would you know that I will come to your rescue?
If you never were broken,
Then how would you know that I can make you whole?
If you never had a problem,
How would you know that I can solve them?
If you never had any suffering,
Then how would you know what I went through?
If you never went through the fire,
Then how would you become pure?
If I gave you all things,
How would you appreciate them?
If I never corrected you,
How would you know that I love you?
If you had all power,
Then how would you learn to depend on me?
If your life was perfect,
Then what would you need Me for?