I was inspired by a post I saw on Instagram written by a very well known lady in a very sad situation that I would never in a million years want to go through. It read “beauty comes after the storm.” Obviously that caught my attention considering that my blog name is Beauty in the Storm! I totally am not knocking where she’s at in her grieving journey since we all grieve and experience life differently, but that made me wonder if the statement that my blog was making was true. I commented on her post about it. Beauty isn’t just on the other side of the storm... although we may only see the beauty in the storm afterwards.
Ok so first, “a storm?” You may ask. A storm is just a poetic type word that I am using instead of saying ‘Beauty in the Tribulation’, ‘Beauty in the Havoc’ or ‘Beauty in the Grind of Everyday Life’. I thought it was a word that stayed relevant to life even if you aren’t in a storm. Life can be busy without it being messy.
Now beauty... well that was brought to me because I wanted to see beauty in a painful story. I wanted to be able to pull apart the little details and see how God blessed me in the hard parts. I found a three entry journal that my mom started and promptly forgot about once and she had written in there about how seeing a certain bird one time had turned her day around and how God had blessed her with that bird sighting. Her choice to see beauty and blessing in the simplest things really helped her see joy in the midst of suffering.
It’s hard, I get it, our human tendency is really to focus on the bad, the wrong, the injustice. I am currently working in a job where the injustice of this world is constantly thrown at my face. I actually purposely keep my eyes open for “bird sightings”. (Sometimes it literally is a bird!) When I went through my season of time at home this summer I would get lonely at times... all of a sudden I noticed one day that my moms favourite bird was hopping around on the grass. I took note and thanked God for His little blessing upon my day. But then a flock of these birds actually came and made our yard home for weeks on end! God does things like that! I would venture to say that there is always some blessing to see in each circumstance in life, although some may be harder to find then others.
Quite honestly I really don’t like summer thunderstorms. I would actually get bad anxiety during them in my early teen years, I slowly have grown out of it since taking meteorology in flight school... understanding storms makes you appreciate them a bit more. Since learning how they move and work I have started seeing the beauty in them! (Yay for over using the words beauty and storm in this blog post!). The different colours of clouds. The sheets of rain. And if you get a storm intense enough then you get to see ———-! God places His fingers all over every part of His creation not just then nice easy-to-swallow parts. We go through valleys and come out wiser for it. You can’t not learn something in a hard spot in life. I love how God created us with hindsight and not foresight, that way we can see how He has been there for us in the hard parts of life and not be scared of things to come, because all we have is the knowledge of the experience of His faithfulness. So its important to see beauty in the storm but also very important to see beauty after the storm.