Once You’ve Weathered the Storm
4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negeb! 5 Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! 6 He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.
The author of this particular Psalm speaks of a time when Zion had endured some harsh conditions. They then experienced an outcome that was unforgettable and as the author describes as something resembling a dream! Their hearts were overflowing as the blessings they were now tasting and seeing were unlike anything. They attributed the restoration process as one directly from God who they give full credit, praise, and worship by rewarding them for all they have weathered through the storm. What was once before a trial turned out to be a blessing.. What was once before seemed like moments of despair turned out to be moments of rejoicing.. and this will felt like a grand return home.. and there was no better place! Their spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving had reached a new level of softened appreciation unlike ever before!
I recall one of the most painful sicknesses I ever endured was when I had returned from a missions trip with a virus that literally floored me for what felt like weeks. I came back with my eyes swollen and a huge rash that marked part of my face all the way down to my neck and all over my back! I was completely dehydrated and hit with a viral infection that had kept me bedridden to where I didn’t even had energy to get off the couch. Luckily a doctor friend came over with antibiotics and I was healed within a matter of days. I remember the moment when I had become well and it seemed like I was experiencing life all over again. The same divine sensation overtook me as I endured hardships and weathered some pretty harsh storms. Some of those hardest moments included divorces, self disappointment, financial struggles, depression, fear of rejection, addictions just to name a few. This season of my life, I am tasting the fruits of the Lord unlike never before.. and this is due to the God’s faithfulness through enduring the storms and situations that were far from ideal.. some longer than others depending on how I reacted or simply where I placed my faith. I am all the more confident that God is good as suffering well through sickness, hardship or trial gives us even more of a discernment in tasting and seeing that the Lord is good! This scripture is becoming all the more real to me: “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” – Psalm 34:8.
Father God, thank You for always being in the midst of my storms even though I couldn’t see it much of the time. You always prove to be good and faithful, and it’s usually my heart that needs to trust You more, thank You more, worship You more, and love You more. Thank you for showing that even with a past with a track record of mistakes and failures that Your promise still stands, and Your love endures forever!