I saw a quote on Twitter that said something along the lines of, “One day when this storm is over, I’ll tell you how God brought me through it and how much better my life is because of it.” I know I have been a little hung up on the storms of life, but God is just laying it on my heart. Sometimes when the hard times hit- we can’t see past it. It consumes our minds and hearts to the point that we can’t see life past where we are right now. We are convinced things will never be the same again. And that is usually true. “See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.” Isaiah 48:10. Once we have been through the fire we have been purified and we won’t be the same. God doesn’t punish us so no matter what terrible thing you have done, don’t think you are being punished. Our God is a God of love. Yes, He allows things to happen to us, just as He did Job. But many of the hard times we suffer are consequences of our actions, not those of a vengeful God. “And we know all things work together for good to them that love God.” Romans 8:28. We may not see the good today or even in a year- we may not see it this side of heaven. But God is in control. He knew what was coming and He has been preparing you for it. Let Him love you and hold you until this storm passes. He does have plans for you and they are great plans. It’s easy to talk about how much you trust God when everything is going your way, but are you still that confident when that trust is put to the test? Do you still believe God is in control when it’s your life falling apart?