Friday, June 10, 2016

Never Fear the Storms of Life by Ruth A. Douthitt


Ruth A. Douthitt

We may be challenged by health problems, family dynamics, financial issues, or even just trying to maneuver our way through the publishing world. There may be moments when we feel like giving up. If you’re struggling, take heart. Author Ruth A. Douthitt shares encouraging words. ~ Dawn


Never Fear the Storms of Life

Last October, after my sister passed away from cancer, my husband and I drove to Lake Powell for a half marathon race that I had entered. As we approached Page, AZ, storm clouds gathered above the city. It’s hard enough to run a half marathon, but to run in the rain and wind makes it even harder! The fear and trepidation rose inside me.

We fear storms because we’ve all experienced them: literally and figuratively. We’d love to live a life without storms, but what would that life look like?

Years ago, in Tucson, Arizona, scientists built the Biodome: A place where scientists could live and work in a perfect environment. They had perfect air, water, and soil to grow perfect food. They even made a simulated ocean! Within the Biodome,  scientists could study the effects of a perfect environment in hopes of replicating it in life.

After a while, however, these scientists noticed something shocking: The trees they grew were dying. They were simply falling over dead at a young age. Concerned, they took samples of the air, water, and soil to figure out what caused the deaths of these healthy trees.

All tests showed nothing was wrong with the water, air, or soil. Perplexed, the scientists had no idea what caused the deaths of the trees, until one day the answer came: No wind.

You see, there was no wind inside this “perfect” environment, but trees need wind. As a young tree grows, the wind beats against the trunk causing the roots to dig deeper and the trunk grows stronger. Without those strong winds of a storm, the young trees did not become stronger. Instead, they became weaker and fell over.

How does this mirror life? We desire to live a life without storms, but God’s creation reveals that a life without storms makes us weaker.

I thought about this as we approached Page, AZ. I’ve run in the rain and wind before, but it isn’t easy, and we all prefer “easy” don’t we? The morning of the race was beautiful. The sun rose through the storm clouds and it only sprinkled.

Later that night came the storm, but we watched it safely inside our hotel room. It was glorious!

I have endured many storms in life. Recently, my family endured that hurricane called “cancer.” We endured for a year alongside our sister, mother, aunt, daughter, and friend: Tammie.  Watching someone you love die a slow painful death isn’t easy. You feel helpless and hopeless. You want the storm to pass, but it takes its own time. Afterwards, you walk away forever changed.

But afterwards the new day is remarkable. You walk away a stronger person for having endured.

The writing journey will not be an easy one. There will be times when you want to give up, but you can’t because you are a Writer.  Instead of dodging the storms, enter in head on.

Never fear the storms of life.  We come out the other side renewed. 




Ruth A. Douthitt is an author of books for middle grade readers. She is a former writing/language arts teacher.  She resides in Arizona with her husband and their two dogs. Ruth is working on the third book in The Children series as well as a contemporary romance for women.

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All of Ruth’s books are available on Amazon:  The Dragon Forest trilogy and The Children series.

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18 comments:

  1. What an interesting interview! I can well imagine you teaching and writing for middle school aged kids. Your example about the scientists in AZ was amazing! I know cherry trees need the wind and grow well in Traverse City, MI because they're near Lake Michigan. I'm sorry for your loss, but without those storms we can't really appreciate the calm. Thanks so much for sharing your journey, Ruth. :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kinds words, Diane. I do appreciate the calm now more than ever before. Blessings on your writing journey!

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  2. I can't imagine your loss after losing your sister. I'm so sorry.

    I remember reading about the BioDome, but I didn't know that the trees needed wind to grow strong. What a lesson for those of us (me included) who grumble about the little troubles we have. (But there's such hard lessons.)

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    1. Thank you Angie! Yep, storms (as with the sunshine) are needed for living things to grow. God is good!

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  3. Thanks for sharing your story, Ruth. May God continue to heal your hurting heart.

    I love the example of the trees needing wind. That great visual will stick with me!

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    1. Terrific! Glad to hear you were moved. Thanks Dawn.

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  4. Love the biosphere reference, Ruth. Amazing how God's creation all works together.

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    1. So true! Thanks for reading my post.

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  5. Oh, Ruth, this is an encouraging message and so beautifully written. I live in AZ!

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    1. That's great! Unfortunately, we're getting the heat now. But (as with the wind...) it is making us stronger.

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    2. Thank you, Dawn, for this chance to post on Seriously Write blog! Blessings!

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  6. Great article Ruth. You may not always see the storm coming but God will get you through it.

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    1. Thanks Tracy! So true. God is faithful.

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  7. Ruth, thank you for your encouragement. In 2 Cor 1:3 God tells us that we should comfort others as He has comforted us.

    Thank you for sharing from your heart to ours.

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    1. My pleasure. If my story helps others, then that brings me comfort.

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  8. Kim Crawford WilhelmsonJune 13, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Ruth, wonderfully put! I am the strong determined woman I am today because of a few "life" storms I've encountered! It's simply in Gods hands.

    On another note I've known you to be a successful teacher and writer, is there any chance that you'd consider teaching an online class for beginner bloggers?
    In my newest adventure as an entrepreneur I invested in a website but have come to realize in order to get it attention I really should be blogging and utilizing all my social media outlets.

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    1. Absolutely!! I'd love to help. Message me on Facebook and we'll work something out. Social media can be a terrific way to reach customers.

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