Have you been waiting or praying for something to happen and it hasn't yet? Do you think sometimes God has forgotten all about you? I have found myself saying to my husband, "I think God has forgotten about me. I feel like I am walking in a desert all by myself." I am sure if you are an impatient person like I am, you have felt this many times as well. The great thing is, is that we are not alone: Joseph waited 13 years, Abraham waited 25 years, Moses waited 40 years, Jesus waited 30 years. If you are stuck in a waiting period, you are in good company.
God does everything for a reason, for a higher purpose. Because He created all, He knows all. He knows our future and what is to come, and we don't so that causes for impatience and frustrations. If you are experiencing a season of storms (my storm has lasted two years!) God is testing your foundation through your storm. God must REALLY think I have a strong foundation, He is doing a great job chiseling me to be more like Jesus every day. After all, that is the goal He has for his children, to be Christ-like. God is preparing you for what He has in store for you when the storm passes. Everything we go through is a process to get us to where God wants us to be. It is our foundation that is being formed. He won't give you any test or trial that will not strengthen your foundation. If you go through a storm without a solid foundation, you will not stand the storm. You are only as successful as your foundation.
I am currently in the middle of multiple storms and trials. To add to my storm, I just found out this past Sunday at church that our pastor who has been at our church for 26.5 years (we have not been there that long) is resigning and taking another position at the headquarters. When he announced that Sunday morning, my jaw dropped to the floor; as everyone else's did. We had no idea that was coming and we were extremely shocked and heartbroken. My husband and I have become close to him and his wife, his wife is a mother-figure to me as well as my mentor. The test I am facing here is that God wants to see if I am putting my faith in man (my preacher) or in God. Which, I know to never put my faith in man, man will always let you down. But because I looked up to my preacher and his wife so much, God is checking my heart and my faith to see that I will continue to be faithful to my church, my studies and most of all, to Him.
When we don't focus ON the storm, we can focus on what God has promised us AFTER the storm.