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Storm Clouds

“The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad. The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.”

Psalm 77: 17, 18 King James Version

When storms are here, we hear the thunder, see the lightning, and feel the wetness of the rain. Many times we have storm clouds in our hearts; however we keep them buried for various reasons. One, we don’t want anyone to think that anything is wrong. We have been conditioned to think that Christians are supposed to be smiling and laughing every minute of the day.

Joyce Landorf, a well known speaker and author, who God used many times when I was going through all those years of horrible depression, says on one of her teaching tapes, “I am not victorious every second of the day. I have pain that wipes out my determination and energy, and if I’m going to make it through, it’s going to be because of you”.

We don’t want anyone to see into our hearts for fear of rejection, ridicule, and scorn. I think perhaps a lot of these feelings stem from our childhood when we were in school. If we didn’t get A’s on our report card, then we were made to feel that we weren’t doing our best. Sometimes, our best is just tears. It is then that we need our families, loved ones and friends to put their arms around us and prove that God is working out all things for our good.

If you have storm clouds in your heart today, run into the waiting Arms of Jesus. He will kiss away your tears, hold you in His Loving Arms, and protect you from the hurts of this life. Jesus is our Umbrella from the storms in our hearts.

Joanne Lowe
March 30, 2006

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