If you read the previous post, you know that my recent visit home did not unfold quite as I had envisioned, but it worked out in the end. While I was in that period of emotional upheaval however, a wonderful opportunity presented itself. The music minister of my home church had a cancellation and asked me to sing a solo in all three morning services! Singing in my home church was a privilege I had not experienced since moving away over seven years ago, and I was thrilled. Then, the aforementioned problems arose, and my heart was burdened.
The turmoil pressed me to focus more than ever on God's sustaining grace, sufficient for every day. As I practiced the song, I concentrated on Him. As I performed the sound check early that Sunday morning, I concentrated on Him. And as I stood before the congregation in each service, I concentrated on Him. The silver lining to the turmoil swirling around me was that I got "out of my own way" and let God have control. And He took my meager ability and blessed it, making all the difference.
As I was leaving the church that day, I realized there had been very few times when I had stepped forward to sing in public and everything was peachy in my life. More often than not, a storm was brewing or there was some external thing which forced me to lean on Him more fully in order to accomplish the feat. My weakness became His strength.
While I would never ask for more turmoil, I am quite thankful that He uses those times to draw me closer to His side, where His peace, power, and beauty can shine through.
How does His power shine through your storm clouds?