For months a homeless woman wandered the streets of her city alone and in agony. She did not know where she was, where she was going or even her name.
One day a thunderstorm broke out. Suddenly, a bolt of lightning struck nearby and jolted her. As the crackling subsided, she realized that her memory had returned and she was able to remember the details of her life. Happily, she went home to her family.
We read in the Psalms of a king who had a similar experience. Though no doubt he knew who he was and where he was, he had been wandering aimlessly. Once he asked God to teach him good judgment and knowledge, reminding Him that he was aware of His commandments and knew their value for his life. He admitted that he had gone astray and as a result was "afflicted." And he added, "It was good for me that I was afflicted that I might learn Your statutes."
If we let them, the storms in our lives may serve to bring us back to, or perhaps, much closer to our Lord Jesus Christ. It always seems as though the grass is greener after the rain.
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