Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Seeing in the Storm

Stop. Breathe.
However, it needs to happen--it's time to rest. 
I have a confession:
I've been keeping 8 am to 1 am hours. 
You're right, those hours are for the insane. 
Last year, as I was flying home from She Speaks we flew over a storm.
 I had literally chased God to the conference. My health had declined so badly I was willing to fly over 1,000 miles to see what God had for me. Would He heal me there? Would He connect me with someone that could unlock the mystery behind my illness? Would He show me the purpose behind my physical pain? When I left for She Speaks, I had trouble driving five minutes down the road to Wal-Mart, much less flying alone to another state, rooming with a stranger, and eating food I was probably allergic to. 
On the return trip home, I felt God's presence and then He gave me a large dose of perspective.
We flew above and beside a raging storm. 
I could see the rain flooding the green Earth below. 
I could see the thunderhead billowing upwards toward the sky. 
I imagined all the people below.
Soaking up the rain.
Running from the rain.
Playing in the rain. 
From where my plane soared through the air, I could see the full perspective of the storm.
I knew if I had been on the ground, I would have looked up and seen only darkness.
I would have seen black skies, heard the thunder, and run inside to escape my circumstances.
But, from the plane--I could see things differently. Above the massive, gray thunderhead was the reflection of the sun.
 It sparkled on the top of the same gray cloud that was showering the Earth and wreaking havoc below. 
It was in that moment that I was able to SEE. It was a reminder that I was not God. I can't see like Him. He is El Roi- the God who sees both above and below the storm. 
He is able to give us rest, perspective, and His peace no matter what side of the storm we are on. 
If you are in the storm -- the storm of busy, or sickness, or financial hardship, or loss--you can rest assured that He is good. He is good no matter what.

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me--watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
Matthew 11:29 & 30 The Message


Melissa @ Half Dozen Mama said...

What a beautiful picture you painted, Jessie! I needed that reminder because there is so much I CAN'T see right now. So glad the Faithful One is watching over all.

Jessica Kirkland said...

Thanks for reading Melissa. It's hard to SEE down here, isn't it? I struggle with this- the ability to forget circumstance and trudge past present feelings is very hard for me.

amber said...

Great post! Needed the perspective change. Thank you for being obedient to writing what He is teaching you.

*****Shelly***** said...

Beautiful...thanks for sharing :)

pinkdaisyjane said...

Thank you. I needed this today.

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mommyhanginon said...

What beautiful and inspiring pictures. It's nice to meet someone who looks on the bright side.

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