I read a quote in a friends email today that you have have heard, but I am going to steal and share in this post. It read, “Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain.”
As I do with most things I related this to sports. Golf and Football come to mind when I think of sports that you have to know how to play in the rain. They only stop when there is lighting and thus there needs to be practice for how to compete in these conditions. For football I know that teams use “wet ball” drills and make it a point to practice when it is actually raining outside. In golf, it is being prepared with the right equipment (rain gear, gloves, etc).
In both cases, it is a very different way of playing the game that you may have learned in perfect or near perfect conditions. While I don’t prefer playing in the rain, understand that sometimes it just has to be done.
God calls us to “dance in the rain” through the storms of life. Being a follower of Christ is not always Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows (random Leslie Gore reference). But just because it isn’t perfect weather, doesn’t mean that we need to run inside and not continue to play this game that we love (Following Christ). Satan wants to push you inside and have you not share the love of Jesus with others. I promise you that storms will come in your life, and there will be times that you don’t feel like being a Christ Follower. Maybe that’s right now. But in those moments, I encourage you to remember that Jesus came before us, and gave us a great road map of how to dance in the rain and make it through the storms and struggles we encounter. The more you do this the stronger you will get and you will begin to welcome the storms in your life.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.