My husband and I had been home together for the last four days. We didn’t do much, just chores about the house and watched some TV. We only wanted to relax so Thursday and Friday was great, but Saturday we became a bit restless so we went out and saw a movie. On Sunday of that week, I decided it would be nice to get out of the house once again so I suggested we go to the beach. My husband wanted to avoid the crowds at our local beach and we drove to another one about an hour away in another city.
I was a bit down by the time we actually arrived there because while we were en route, it began to rain. It was no light rain either. It was a substantial down pour, which made me feel like asking him to turn the car around so we could head home. I started apologizing thinking I’d ruined the day for us. Instead of home dry and comfy, we were out in the rain watching the windshield wipers brush back the downpour wondering when it’d cease.
I told my husband we’d have nothing to do once we got there but he suggested we keep going and see what happens. So we did. We wound up at a popular eatery there on the pier near the beach. The rain let up a bit and we spied a great place to have lunch. We parked the car and headed up the boardwalk although it was still drizzling. Once we made it inside, we enjoyed a most delicious lunch. While dining we talked of fun times, conversed with our waitress, made some immediate plans for the future and set some goals.
Finally as we left, we wanted to take some pictures so we stopped on the pier. We were fumbling with our camera, trying to be in the photo while taking it at the same time. There were people out on the pier who seemed very absorbed in their own moment they didn’t even give us a glance. Then a man appeared from out of nowhere it seems who offered to take the picture for us. He offered to help, didn’t even say his name and wished us a wonderful rest of the day. Just as suddenly as he appeared, he was gone.
I wanted to go to the beach today to find something that would inspire to me write and I did. I learned that sometimes to experience true joy in your life you’ll have to endure the rain. You’ll have to get wet, be uncomfortable and press forward in spite of. I saw that the best times you share with loved ones are the times when the storm clouds are the darkest for without them the sunshine would become boring. In the wet, damp atmosphere on the pier, we saw others who like us wanted to have a memorable day. They decided that they were going to enjoy a day at the beach, eat at lunch with friends and embrace the blessing of a new day; not the clouds that loomed overhead.
In that moment I realized that God is with and in us every single day. Just as this a man randomly appeared to help us take the photo, God is waiting in the wings to send us assistance or provision- SUDDENLY! We should endeavor to embrace all of the wonderful, tangible things in our lives. We should love drawing near to each other, even in the midst of any adversity that looms on our horizon. In addition to knowing our God is faithful, we should feel confident that we’ll encounter kindred spirits who also see the value in everyday, even when the environment suggests otherwise. The blessings in life are not always found in the milestones in our lives. More often than not, it’s found in the everyday realization that God is in our corner. He’s fully aware of our needs, strengths and weaknesses. He’s concerned with our everyday to make sure we take the right picture; have the right perspective of how blessed we really are.
He is and always will be our ever present help as we navigate through life. Having peace isn’t about anything material. It’s all about understanding that through Christ even when the odds are stacked against you, the fight is still won whatever it might be. It’s about seeing the sunshine when it’s actually raining. It’s training ourselves to think of how to focus on the best scenario in a not so ideal situation. Those are the moments that fuel our faith. It offers us the hope for a brighter tomorrow. So even when the dark clouds gather; the wind picks up or the rain falls, we can look around while seeing God’s love operating through each of us. Whether it’s sending a stranger to help us capture a moment or giving us a desire to forge ahead into the unknown, we know He’s the great maestro who offers us love, protection and guidance in our life journey.
Be encouraged and blessed, child of the most high God.