When heavy rain down poured and beat heavily on my newly plants, I really felt bad for them at times. By the time the rain stopped, their faces were bowed to the ground from the weight of the water. They looked sad and weak. Just a few hours later, amazingly, they perked up once again and turned their heads skyward. By the next day, they were standing straight and strong.
What a transformation! After pounding them on the head, the rain soaked into the soil and came back through their stalks, giving them the strength to stand straight again. We sometimes wrongly think of rain as something very negative. But anyone who has experienced drought knows that rain is a blessing as well. It nourishes the earth for the benefit of both the just and the unjust, so that we can know the love of God. (Matt. 5:45)
Even when the storms of life hit so hard that we nearly break from the force, the rain is not an enemy. Our loving God through Jesus has allowed it to make us much stronger. He uses the water that batters us on the outside to build us up on the inside, so that we may stand straight and strong once again. Remember that the storms that threaten to destroy us, God in Jesus will use it to strengthen us!