Early last week we had a vibrant storm with thunder, lightning, and pouring rain. It made me smile. I smiled because I knew this storm would bring joy to my friend, Nancy.
You see, Nancy lives in a nursing home,. She’s been there for years, has no family to speak of, and she will most likely live in this nursing home for the rest of her life. I’ve been blessed to get to know Nancy through Church ministry. As a Christoper, I am one of many members of our Church taking turns visiting and distributing Holy Communion to those that are institutionalized or home bound. Nancy is just one of many special souls that I’ve been blessed to meet through this service, but she holds a special place in my heart.
Nancy lays in a bed day after day, and night after night. She is unable to walk or sit upright, so she lays in her bed watching TV or looking out her window. When I visit her, we often talk about the weather. Her steady gaze out the window makes her astutely aware of the weather conditions. It was during one of these conversations that she shared with me that her favorite show of all is a thunderstorm. She loves the sound, the colors, and the flashes of lightning. While others cower in the darkness of the storm, Nancy marvels at the beauty of it, knowing that it will only last for a short time. She enjoys the storm, because she knows that the sun will come out again.
Nancy’s love of thunderstorms provided me a new perspective on what I would normally consider “bad weather.” Her simple appreciation for clouds, lightning, and the wonder of God’s creation, reminds me that no matter what I’m going through, I can find joy in the storm. I can find joy in knowing that the darkness is what makes the light special. After all, if rainy, stormy days didn’t exist, I wouldn’t appreciate the warmth of the sun. So today, as it continues to rain, and rain, and rain, I smile, knowing that sunny warm days are ahead. 🙂
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison…. 2 Corinthians