Last week in Colorado, an October snowstorm closed school for two days because of treacherous road conditions. Activities were cancelled and families gathered to sled, eat soup, and play board games by the fireplace. Outside, the temperature plummeted and heavy snow fell. Wind whipped the flakes into blizzard conditions and piled drifts against doors and across roads.

But not all Colorado storms involve snow. In May 2008, my family huddled in various school basements and hallways while tornados ravaged our area. Thunderstorms can dump golf-ball sized hail that shreds trees and gardens while lightning sends baseball teams scurrying for cover. (Thank God we don’t live where hurricanes roam!)

While staring out the window at the swirling snow, my thoughts turned toward life. I have had seasons of balmy weather with gentle breezes. Then again, I’ve survived periods of stormy weather.

Times when I’m struggling to move forward against the wind. Times where the rain-soaked path becomes a bog with mud sucking at my feet. Times where I struggle to clear drifts only to find more obstacles have developed.

When the storms of life rage, I can either stand in the storm or seek shelter. Certainly, there are times I need to battle the elements with determination. Yet, I can also go inside and huddle by the warmth. Let all remnants of the cold fade and spend time with those closest to me. Consume a nutritious meal. And prepare myself to face the storm again.

What about you? When the storms rage, do you wrestle or rest? Are you currently facing a storm? Do you have a “storm shelter” available?

Weather Patterns – Storms
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5 thoughts on “Weather Patterns – Storms

  • November 2, 2009 at 7:32 am

    >Great post!

    The storms do come don't they? The shelter that I always run to is Jesus. He comforts and equips me. Even the roughest winds will calm at His command.

    It feels good to know that I am never alone.

  • November 2, 2009 at 12:10 pm


    Based on the ones that have come, each one holds a lesson to be learned and a blessing from enduring. These are what I have learned. Trust God in all things!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  • November 2, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    >Candee, thanks for the post. I'll never cease needing to be reminded that storms will come but we can prevail if we put our hope and trust in God.

    I live in Colorado too, and this storm, though I hate snow, gave me an opportunity to spend some extra much needed time with family. There's always good from the bad.

    Have a great day!

  • November 2, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    >No storms currently, thank God! Some strong winds here and there though. Sometimes, I pretend the problems don't exist and I rest. I involve myself with pleasant distractions. But all problems eventually have to be dealt with – then I wrestle.

  • November 2, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    >The skies are gray, but no longer threatening life and limb. Situations find resolution in surprising ways, and answers to prayer melt icy worries.

    Susan 🙂

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