So a funny thing happened today. The sun was shining and it looked like it was going to be a gorgeous day, so we decided we’d head on down to the beach. Amy and I got our swimsuits on, got sunscreened, gathered all our beach paraphernalia and headed out. As we were walking through the parking garage to get out to the sand, a huge crack of thunder rolled. It reverberated through the parking garage and we looked at each other with wide eyes. She then announced she had also seen a big flash of lightening. So, back to the condo we came.
As I was unlocking the door, it occurred to me that we were once again experiencing a life parallel. (My friend Michelle always said the physical and the spiritual were parallel to one another!) The thought was that God has the right to alter or postpone our plans and that He always has a better one. As I was starting to write, Keith texted me. For once, I was immediately able to see the reason for God’s delay.
In case you’re not familiar with our story, the super quick version is that Keith was laid off from his job at Wells Fargo, just months after I lost a regular well-paying clown gig and was laid off from my job. The financial hit was more than our budget could handle. We both ended up back in retail, making less than what he made alone at the bank. We lost our van, almost lost our house and ended up moving to the sticks (aka Taylorsville, NC). We make more than we did when we moved four years ago and are in a home of our own up there (with a lot of help!), but it still gets pretty tight.
Now, back to the story. Keith had expressed his interest in returning to the bank to one of his former supervisors. She was interested in having him back. But, we had to wait for a job to come open. Finally, there was an opening. He interviewed and we were waiting for a decision to be made. God had told me weeks ago that this was Keith’s job, but the time lapse was making me doubt what I thought I had heard. Finally, last week, Keith got a call saying that they were going to offer him the job the week before only to discover that the new HR person had closed out all the job applications. Keith would have to reapply for the job. And, guess where the computer is? Yes, with me in Florida. Of course. No problem, I can do it. So, I’ve had the computer within close proximity to me, waiting patiently for the job to be posted again.
That text Keith sent as I was starting to write? It was letting me know the job was posted. Of course. God had used the storm to return me to the room so I would be ready when the text came.
Life comes with storms. All too often we’re busy complaining and stomping our feet about the delays without stopping to find out if it’s a storm God sent. I recently ran across a quote on Facebook that was a reminder that storms can wash away the bad stuff. The nerd in me then decided to google if storms are beneficial. Well. Guess what! They are!
A wiki article I found (I know. Wiki isn’t always reliable. But, I’m not being graded here, am I?). Anyway, a wiki article I found said, “Ten percent of the nitrogen fertilizer needed for farming is made by lightning. So, even though thunderstorms are dangerous, they can be a great help. They give summer water, cool the earth, and clean the air. Lightning balances the earth’s electricity and helps fertilize the soil.” Another article that popped up was from The Weather Channel. It listed five benefits of hurricanes: bring rainfall to areas that need it, break up bacteria and red tide (as well as oxygenate the ocean and bring new life), provide a global heat balance, replenish barrier islands, and replenish inland plant life. (Here’s the link to read it yourself if you’re a nerd like me: https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/hurricane-landfall-benefits-2016).
So. Is it storming where you are? Try asking God the benefits before you have an all-out temper tantrum over it. Who knows? It’s possible He’s holding you in place, waiting for a better opportunity. Or maybe He’s just cleaning your world. Either way. He knows best.
Be blessed and tell someone you love them.