Sun, cloud, rain

The Storms of Life are Necessary

by the Rev. Paul Seiler

We would all rather have the sunshine than the rain, but just imagine what our world would be like if it never rained again.

An example of such a place is found in Northern Chile. There is a region in the great Andes mountain range where it never rains. Each day the sun rises brilliantly over the tall mountains and all day long it shines brightly down from overhead. Although storms often rage in other parts of the mountain range, because of its unique features and location it never receives a drop of rain.

One would imagine this area would be an earthly paradise; but it is not. lnstead, it is a barren and desolate desert! For where there are no storms there is no life. Too often we long for total sunshine and joy in life. We often wish to be rid of our trials and burdensome responsibilities. We fail to realise that like this sunny, unfertile part of Chile, life without its burdens and trials would be unproductive.

We need sunshine and showers. The storm clouds of suffering may at times blot out the sun and threaten to engulf us. But the trusting Christian recognises that in God’s wise design and under His sovereign control they actually bring showers of blessing.

Beloved do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you. (l Pet 4: 12-13)