I’m dropping my son off at school this morning, and he says to me, “Mommy, drop me off at the door and I’ll go in by myself. It’s raining and you don’t have a hood on your coat.” My son Xavier probably knew what he was saying in the natural, but he didn’t know what he was speaking to my spirit in the spiritual realm. Immediately the Lord showed me the hood represents his covering of us in every storm of life. When we choose to step out from under that covering, we get more than wet in the storm–we get tossed, torn, beat up and for lack of a better term, we look a hot mess. Every day, make sure you put on your hood and even carry an umbrella with you. You don’t know what storms lie ahead throughout the day. It could be a flat tire. It could be an overdraft of your bank account. But if you’ve prayed, you’ve fasted, you’ve spent time in your word, these small storms won’t shake you. Every storm has an end date. I have not been to one city where it rains 24/7. At some point, the rain stops. The sun comes out. The grass gets green where it used to be brown. The flowers bloom. Today, I pray that you are fully prepared for the storms you may encounter this day, and tomorrow, and the next day. As my son Xavier would say, make sure you have a hood and keep your umbrella nearby just in case!
Yesterday, I had to drive home in the storm. What usually takes 45 minutes took about an hour and a half. At one point, I was on the freeway and I couldn’t see. My windshield wipers were moving as fast as the car is programmed to move them, but clearly the rain was falling too fast. At one point, I considered pulling under a bridge and waiting for the storm to pass. But I didn’t know when or if that would happen. So I kept going, moving 20 MPH. By the time I got off the freeway onto a side street, the rain became a drizzle and the sun peeked out. Had I stopped on the freeway, who knows how long I would have been siting in the storm, not moving.
No matter how slow you have to move, keep moving! If you stand still in the storm, you may do more damage than you would if you move forward. Keep moving! There is sunshine on the other side of this!