Years ago when we lived in the States, we owned a house. It was an old home that took a lot of work to get it looking nice. We added a master bedroom suite, remodeled the kitchen and main bathroom, added a deck, changed the siding, and more. One day a huge storm came through the area. There was thunder and lightning. There was also hail-- very large hail. It pounded our roof and damaged the shingles. When the storm was finished, my husband knew we better act fast in getting the shingles replaced. If it rained, there was a possibility of water damage from a leaky roof. We called the insurance company, and then we called a roofing company. The roof was replaced and our house was ready for the next storm.
A few years ago, our family faced a different type of storm. Its impact was intense. We endured a major earthquake of 7.8 magnitude. Our family faced months of rescue and recovery efforts. The physical, emotional, and spiritual strain began to take its toll on our family. We were drained. We needed to be restored desperately. It was at that point we chose to take a time away from ministry for a couple of weeks. We knew that if we faced another storm at that moment, we would not be ready. The potential for serious damage was greatly increased in our weakness. Just like when we took the time to replace the roof on our house years before, we took the time for repairing ourselves and our family. Just like we could not replace our roof on our house ourselves (we had to call a roofing company), we also could not repair the damage done during the storm of the earthquake. We had to call out for help.
Storms in life can drain us physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
The Lord refreshes us physically.
Psalm 23:2 "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters."
He knows when we need physical rest.
The Lord restores us emotionally.
Psalm 23:3 "He restoreth my soul..."
Storms in life can leave us emotionally drained, raw, or even numb. He knows how to heal it.
The Lord revitalizes us spiritually.
Psalm 23:3 "... he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake."
He can get us back on the right path when spiritually we become weary in well doing during a storm.
Why is it so important to make sure these areas are well maintained? Why do we need to take the time to inspect the damage from storms? Why do we need to take it so seriously? Because the next storm may be just around the corner.
Psalm 23:4 "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."
The fact is that there are storms in life. How do we get through them? How do we survive? In our own strength? That would be like my husband and I climbing on the roof of our home and replacing the roof ourselves. I can promise you that if we replaced a roof, when the next storm came the house would be a disaster! No, the only way to survive storms is to call in the Professional. He prepares us for the storms of life and then leads us through the storms of life. (I will fear no evil: for thou art with me!)
As you go through storms, pay attention to the condition of your "roof." If you are physically, emotionally, or spiritually drained, go to the One who restores. Do not delay. Get alone with Him. Take time to be refreshed, restored, and revitalized. Prepare for the next storm. And when that storm comes, don't fear. He is with you.