The Storm, by Doug Grady

So often we want to be rescued from the storm. We don’t realize it is the storm that rescues us. -Unknown*

These words hit me like a thunder bolt when I heard them. I was in the midst of my own personal storm. It included, among other elements, intense financial pressures, overwhelming feelings of failure, and habits and tendencies which were making things much worse. I felt defeated and completely out of control. I wanted to be rescued.

*I don’t know who first said this. I heard it in a sermon by Bryan Dunagan. He wasn’t sure where it came from and I have been unable to locate the source.

I remember thinking, what if this is true? What if this storm really is here to rescue me?

Lessons repeat themselves until learned.

My storm carried lessons. Lessons I needed to learn. There were times I hated facing this truth. Some I already knew- I just didn't want to admit. Others were revealed. My storm shook me, it rocked me, it humbled me.

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. -Proverbs 11:2

That storm has since passed, and as a direct result I have a significantly healthier lifestyle, a stronger sense of purpose, and better relationships with the important people in my life. In its wake it left a positive, lasting impact on every aspect of my life: physical, financial, spiritual, mental, emotional, family, friends...

“After a storm comes a calm.” -Matthew Henry

Maybe there is a perfect, beautiful, extraordinary reason why you are where you are. You may not know it until the storm has passed. Maybe there is a lesson or two. Maybe you will become a better person. Maybe you will develop character. Maybe you will end up affecting someone’s life in a powerful way because of what you are going through right now. Maybe, just maybe, the storm will rescue you.

Author's Bio: 

Doug Grady is a professional speaker, musician, and President of High Achievers Network. He has been studying and teaching the pathways to personal potential for over 20 years. He is the author of the forthcoming book, The Ripple Effect.