Quick get the umbrellas. . .cause when it rains. . .it pours!

“I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle.
I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”

Mother Teresa

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.
Thomas Paine

(buckeye butterfly wandered into the garage away from the scorching heat / Julie Cook / 2015)

When I was younger, I did not always bear up very well under the heavy stifling blanket of turmoil, tragedy, stress or disaster.
My reactions often immature, unbridled, angry, resentful, beaten and lost.
I have come to learn, albeit it often reluctantly, that it is from the exposure of such catastrophes, coupled with the passage of time, which all act as an abrasive agent to toughen the thin skin of youthful emotions and tender feelings.

Tenacity is forged in the fire of trial, tribulation and misfortune.

I don’t think any of us is ever immune from such.
Everyone, at some point or other during one’s lifetime, will find themselves faced with, what at first may seem insurmountable, yet once the dust settles and the options weighed, becomes one more link in the chainmail of life’s armor.

A personal world is turned upside down most often by forces unforeseeable and unpreventable and as random as they come.
We will find ourselves asking the angry and accusatory questions of “why” and “how” while a balled up fist waves defiantly at an unseen God.

I wish we could all just hide under a rock someplace. . .a place faraway and immune from tragedy and the often cruel events of life—yet sadly there is no such safe haven in which to run and hide.

And yet it is my faith in that unseen God, the God of all creation and time, the One who I know to be far bigger and greater than any trial or tragedy in my life, the One who bears my burdens and sustains me in the palm of His hand— It is through Him, coupled by my faith in Him, that allows me to put one foot in front of the other and continue trudging through this thing we call life. . .

And please note that I did not say that that faith and belief or even that God himself makes the pain, the sorrow, the struggle, the suffering any bit easier—it does however, make it bearable.

Therefore if you should see a woman walking down the street carrying an open umbrella overhead when there is nary a cloud in the sky with zero chance of rain in the forecast. . .and not one who carries such to avoid exposure to the sun—just know that it is most likely me–as I am well aware that when it rains it pours.

“If you’re going through hell, {by all means} keep going.”
Winston Churchill

Please continue in your prayers for my daughter-n-law and her family as they slowly begin to feel their way in the dark as they determine what to do in the aftermath of the devastation of the fire which took their home.
As her grandfather tearfully lamented. . . “over 70 years of my life is now completely gone”

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

9 comments on “Quick get the umbrellas. . .cause when it rains. . .it pours!

  1. Lynda says:

    Prayers continue! Our strength comes from God but also from the community of believers who are faithful in prayer and in presence.

  2. Amen! This is so good. I love the “notice” you give that your faith doesn’t make the sorrow go away; yet, it does make it bearable. This is so true. I always feel bad for those who criticize my faith when hard times come, saying it won’t help any, because you still have the pain. Having God to lean on and to give me grace to stand sure does make the journey a little more tolerable, and they just don’t understand, because they can’t see. 😉 Thanks so much for sharing, and our prayers are with your family as they rebuild and recover. 💕

    • Thank you so much for your kind words as well as keen observations—I thought of you this past weekend as we made our way from Carrollton northward through the northwest Ga mountains into Tennessee over to Nashville 🙂 It reminded me of how much I miss those mountains!

  3. ColorStorm says:

    And we need to be reminded jewels that He causes the rain to fall on the just and the unjust. There are no imperfections in God. But your Churchill quote………………….keep going.

    Curse God and die! was some poor advice and not heeded, for God is much larger and wiser than our inconveniences. But to lose ‘everything’ in a moment? Surely more than a ,man can bear, and who wants to hear of the ‘lessons’ of God in times of despair?

    But with God, there is always the silver lining, when NOW all seems dark. Thunder today, but joy in the mourning………………maybe not tomorrow morning, or the next day, or next month, but joy will arrive, and on time, if God be true, and He is 😉

    All the best to you and yours; good post as usual.

  4. Praying for them and you! We all need umbrellas for the storms of life that rain down on one and all. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

  5. in567 says:

    What a great quote. :oD

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