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April Showers Bring May Flowers

The phrase “April showers bring May flowers” is a popular saying used often during the month of April. This is typically the time when the last bit of snow turns to all rain as temperatures climb, and increased rain shower activity sparks the beginning of flowers and plants to really start blooming.

We over come the storms of life by putting our faith in God to bring us through.

Storms of life may rise, but amidst it all, there is new growth and fresh beginnings.

We all traverse through tough times, often feeling like we're weathering storms that unleash torrents of rain. However, in these moments, we discover our strength in the Lord. The Bible repeatedly reassures us of His presence.

Psalm 93:3-4 vividly portrays this: “The floods have risen up, O Lord. The floods have roared like thunder; the floods have lifted their pounding waves. But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore— the Lord above is mightier than these!”

God surpasses any storm we might encounter, and He will guide us through. All we need is patience and a plea for His assistance. When we turn to the Lord in adversity, we can find peace, trusting that everything will unfold as it should.

Matthew 7:25-27 states, “Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

A strong faith is what helps us stand firm in times of trouble.

When I stand strong in my faith, remembering that God is in control, I can feel and see the difference in how things will work out. When I’m not standing strong and start to panic or try to handle things on my own, there is a quick downward spiral. But when I allow myself to rely on God, there is peace and patience. In that, my perspective changes. My hope in the outcome changes. My roots grow deeper, and my foundation becomes stronger. From that emerges the beauty of faith in the Lord.

Let’s allow God to take the rainwaters and help us to grow.

Mark 4:37-39 recounts, “But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.”

Just as the disciples initially feared the storm but later came to revere Christ more, the storms we face can lead us to a deeper knowledge of God. In Mark 4:41, the disciples ask, “Who is this,” pondering, “even the wind and the waves obey him!” Through our trials, we can learn that no storm is formidable enough to thwart God from accomplishing His will.

No one is exempt from life's storms. While we may not comprehend why God permits trials to enter our lives, we are grateful that through them, we come to know Him better. We live to serve Him because He has preserved our lives.

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