Hurricane Joaquin sat off the eastern seaboard this past weekend, stirring up excessive amounts of rain for the southern states. Though nothing like the flooding that occurred in South Carolina, Atlanta did have its share of unreasonably wet conditions too. The storms that pushed through our area were especially intense last Friday night. Normally the sound of the rain on the roof is a soothing serenade that lulls me into a comfortable deep
sleep. However, when I awoke at 3am, all I could think about was my son, Jason. He was at that moment on an Order of the Arrow Boy Scout event, sleeping in a teepee… without his sleeping bag!
He’d called home earlier in the evening to tell his dad that he’d packed his a sleeping pad, rain gear and other supplies, but left his bag behind. Being conscious of the wet and chilly weather forecast, my protective “mom sense” kicked in, so I wondered out loud to Clif whether we should do something to help him. Brushing aside my concerns, he told me in a nonchalant manner that Jason would be fine. He added that even though he might be cold, he would get through it and would learn a lot from the experience. And of course, Clif was right. Jason was cold, and he did get wet, but when his dad picked him up the next evening, he was tired from lack of sleep, otherwise, perfectly OK.
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
~ James 1:4
You know, we are a lot like Jason was on his camp out. While we perfer our lives to be filled with sunshine and blue skies; cool temperatures and low humidity… and definitely, no rain… God knows that sometimes the best thing for us is to endure a cold, wet sleepless night without a sleeping bag. Those times are unpleasant, but the truth is that we learned much more by being forced to persevere through a difficult situation than we ever do when we are safe and snug in a warm blanket.
So if you are shivering through the rain of trouble, and asking God to rescue you, it just might be that He leaves you where you are for the time being, knowing that the result of your perseverance will mature your faith and equip you for the future. But be assured, that even though you may feel alone, God is close by and will never leave you or forsake you. (Heb. 13:5) Trust in His promise that though “weeping may last for the night, … a shout of joy comes in the morning.” Ps. 30:5