Love like a Storm

There’s something powerful about watching a storm come in. You don’t have to watch it – you can hear it and feel it, too. The smell of the air clearing and the rain filling it up, the roll of thunder as it gets closer and the cool breeze that brushes your skin. The storm sort of fills you up before it even gets here – it hijacks your senses and sometimes, even, your mood.

It’s the little things, like noticing just how much the storm interacts with me before it’s even upon us that draw my heart into God. He’s a lot like the weather.

Sometimes the weather sneaks up on you, and you don’t even notice it until it’s right in your face. Yesterday, I was sitting at my desk in my office with the windows open and a fan constantly blowing on me. It was hot and I stopped smelling good shortly after my walk home from downtown on my lunch break. I looked up and unbeknownst to me it was raining. The sun was shining and the sky looked blue from what I could see, but it was raining. I totally missed it until it was right in front of my face.

Other times, like the storm that came in later, you can sense the change in weather coming and it’s all you can think about.

Some days I’m so wrapped up in my own world, my own complaints, my own desires and wishes that I can’t see what God is doing right in front of my face. I’ve been wishing for rain all day long, only to miss it when it comes.

And other days, he’s so apparent I couldn’t ignore him if I tried. But the way he fills me up, I don’t want to. I want to drink in every moment of feeling near to him and never forget it. I want to remember every feeling and apply it to the rest of my life. I want to grow, I want to learn, I want to be changed.

But also, no matter what we do, the weather is there. It won’t go away if we ignore it, and neither will God. He’s there and he’s waiting for us, hoping we will choose to walk with him and soak up his presence.

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the holy spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. | Titus 3:4-7

This is one of my favorite sections of Scripture because it so clearly says not because of works done by us in righteousness. Friends, God loves you and desires a relationship with you. He has already paved the way for you to know him personally because Jesus bridged that gap between the brokenness of sin and the perfectness of God. He longs to renew you and father you in all the ways you haven’t been able to find on this earth. If you need prayer or have questions, I’d love to chat with you.

Have you ever experienced God moving right in front of your face when you were too busy holding your eyes closed? Or have you experienced him so blatantly like a storm?