For months a homeless woman wandered the streets of her city alone and in agony. She did not know where she was, where she was going or even her name.
One day while walking in a park, a severe thunderstorm broke out. Suddenly, a bolt of lightning struck a tree close beside her and gave her a jolt. Immediately, memory returned, and she remembered where she lived. As the details emerged, she found her way back to her family and friends.
We read in the Psalms of a king who had a similar experience. Though no doubt he knew who he was and where he was, he had been wandering aimlessly. Once he asked God to teach him good judgment and knowledge, reminding Him that he was aware of His commandments and knew their value for his life. He admitted that he had gone astray and as a result was “afflicted.” Then he added, “It was good for me that I was afflicted that I might learn Your statutes.”
If we let them, the storms in our lives may serve to bring us back to, or perhaps even, much closer to our Lord Jesus Christ. It always seems as though the grass is greener after the rain.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, when we experience the storms of life, help us to realize that You are there and that You want to bring us closer to You: in Your Name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:65-72 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.