In Chapter 3 (“In Seasons of Rumble”) of How Can I Possibly Forgive?, author Sara Horn notes that when rainstorms occur in Louisiana, the rumble of thunder miles away can go on and on for a long time. While the rumble of thunder is subdued, you definitely know it is there. The sound keeps going, with no indication of when it will stop.
There are seasons of rumble in life where we also live with that thunderous rumble, such as the aftermath of our ministry downsizing or vocation loss. We are uncomfortable and out of sorts because we have no idea how to let the pain go. Bitterness may set in.
Sara observes that when we see ourselves in the crosshairs of an undeserved target, our emotions can rapidly move from sadness to resentment and from denial to anger. We may blame others or even take out our frustration on God. The problem with bitterness, unfortunately, is that bitterness is difficult to hide. As Sara explains, eventually we expose ourselves. Our soul feelings emerge.
We are easily changed by the circumstances and challenges of our seasons of rumble. At some point, however, we can’t take any more of that constant rumble and recognize that something has to change. We have been holding onto something we shouldn’t ever have picked up. A heart change is needed.
Today’s question: Have you reached the point in your thunderous rumble where you are ready to commit to change? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Big Hurts- Bigger God”