Up here in Seattle, we are famously known for coffee, technology, the Seahawks and rain. Yes, we do get a high frequency of rain but not actually a lot of rain (by inches or intensity). We don’t get those intense storms that other parts of the country witness regularly. For those of you here in the NW who have not experienced those intense storms first hand, you’ll just have to imagine. For the rest of you who have seen these things of power, destruction and beauty… you’ll know exactly what I mean.
In the middle of a really intense storm, the lightening, wind and perhaps even a tornado… there is typically some fear, concern and strong desire for it all to end quickly. Sometimes these storms blow through quickly and other times they seem to linger. No matter what happens during the storm, there are a few things that remain constant and predictable.
- It will end. Every single storm in history has.
- There will be damage as a result. This can be minor or serious, but it will still be there when the storm is over.
- There will be amazing beauty after the storm. This is the part you simply can’t imagine if you have not seen it. But the skies are never more beautiful than immediately following a storm.
- We rebuild and repair the destruction. Sometimes it takes minutes and sometimes it takes years… but we always rebuild.
Now think about those four truths when it comes to the storms in our life. They are all still true. I believe it is these four truths that Jesus is pointing us too when He delivers what is known as the Beatitudes.
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets. (Luke 6:20-24)
The reason He is calling these people blessed is because after the storm in their life, they will see a level of beauty that others are blind too. Since Jesus knows that nothing in this life (even physical death) is permanent or lasts, He knows that there is no storm is this world that can overshadow the beauty that follows. He also knows that when we experience the storms, we are empowered to see a heightened level of beauty afterwards.
Think about it. Food tastes better when you’ve been hungry for a bit. Without the hunger, there’s nothing to satisfy. But go without food for a bit and you find a deeper satisfaction with that same food that would have been otherwise bland to you. Even water is better after you have experience thirst.
The storms in our lives are no different. There will still be damage afterwards. Some of that damage may be easily repaired and some may take a lifetime to repair. Some may never be repaired this side of Heaven… but it will be repaired. The next time you experience a storm in your life, remember Jesus’ words. Remember that you are blessed as a result. This won’t take away the pain of the damage, but it will help you see the beauty after the storm.
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