Right now in East Texas, where I live, we are seeing hardly any rain. If you combine the lack of rain with the hellish temperatures we’re having, it makes for a really bad situation. We have large, old trees dying. These trees are literally shedding their leaves in August in an attempt to save themselves from death.

We need rain.

Earlier this year in the Midwest it wouldn’t stop raining. The rivers and waterways were flooding, in turn, washing out farms, homes, and towns.  These communities were devastated.

They needed it to stop raining.

It’s amazing how life goes. It really is all about perspective isn’t it? There have been horrible times in my life in recent memory when I couldn’t get out of the rain fast enough. The circumstances just seemed to pour on me and I just couldn’t stay dry from it all for any extended time. Last night I was chatting with a friend and I recalled an amazingly tough time in my life – for my family. As I retold the story, I was brought to tears, but not because of the pain. I was crying because looking back I realized again how amazingly blessed I am and how incredibly awesome and faithful God is.

I’m as guilty as anyone in losing perspective on my circumstances, but at least in this instance, God gave me the opportunity to really see his hand at work in and around me.

How we react is up to us. We can let it rain on our parade or we can go dancing in it.

What about you? How could your perspective change in your current circumstances?

One response to “Rain…”

  1. Jason so weird u posted this – my daily word for today – also about rain: God Will Not Forget His Promise to You
    When Noah preached about rain it was a symbol of judgment. But after the flood God said, ‘…Never again…’ (Genesis 9:15 NKJV). He told Noah, ‘…the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you… the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy…’ (Genesis 9:14-15 NKJV). From that point on in Scripture, rain became a symbol of blessing. ‘…”I will… open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it”‘ (Malachi 3:10 NKJV). Are you afraid that the heartache of your past is going to return? Don’t be. Just keep walking with the God Who promised, ‘Never again!’ When God uses the thing that should have destroyed you to develop you, you’ll look back and say, ‘It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes’ (Psalm 119:71 NKJV). Without hard times you wouldn’t have discovered certain things; for example, that stress can create in you a passion to seek God more and other things less; the power of your own prayers; what God can accomplish in spite of adversity; that when He heard you crying, your tears were so precious that He collected them in his bottle (Psalm 56:8); that the angel of the Lord protected you when the enemy wanted to take you out (Psalm 34:7); that God didn’t need your friends to support you in order to bless you and that He brought you through, because He saw the rainbow and remembered His promise.

    Soul Food: Lam 1:1-3:39; Matt 19:15-30; Ps 119:121-128; Pr 18:13-20

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