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Are you like me where you’ve began to enjoy rainy and stormy days? Somehow these types of days have turned from being sour hindrances into opportunities of relaxation or quality time with family. That of course is not applied to a long awaited vacation in Cancun, which by the way did happen on our last vacation. But that’s another topic for another day. Smile.

At some point in my life, rainy and stormy days have become excuses to stay inside. I can snuggle up on the couch with a book or watch a movie. My home is no longer limited to being a living space but is also a shelter. These days have turned out to be some of my most memorable occurrences because the storm outside deters me from going out for needless reasons, it inadvertently causes me to “slow down and smell the roses”.

Quite recently I began asking God if it were possible to get to a level in my relationship with Him where I can feel this same way about life’s personal storms. We don’t like them but that doesn’t stop the storm from coming, so what can we do while waiting them out? Why can’t we do what the psalmist says in Psalm 91? “Dwell in the Shelter of the Most High” and find rest under His shadow. Think about it, would you rather look out the window and wince at the storm or rest until it passes?

Sadly, most times we spend time staring out the window wishing the storm of bad news, pain and suffering would pass quickly. Sometimes it does end quickly but many times it lasts much longer than we’d like. Our hearts and minds can consistently register the stormy trials of life as opportunities to hide under the shelter of God’s wings. We can see these instances as our chance to slow down and draw close to Jesus in order to smell the roses He has for us. We can allow these times to teach us to trust Him for protection from life’s storms in the same way that we trust our homes to be shelters from the storm.

I know this type of protection is possible because God’s Word in Psalm 91 promises it to be. This scripture promises that as you dwell in His shelter:

“Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart” (Psalm 91:3-4 NIV).

I also know this to be true because I’ve tasted glimpses of it when I have drawn closer by meditating on God, praying and studying the Bible though what seemed to be a great spiritual tempest was raging around me. Let’s face it, we most certainly have plenty opportunity to experience life’s storms. However, we can find that place in Jesus where we will surely find ourselves in God’s shelter during the storm, relaxed and enjoying His Presence. I say take that chance and enjoy the rain.