Monday, April 20, 2015

So. Much. Rain.

Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who provides rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains. Psalm 147:8
Lately it seems that the skies have been black way more than they have been sunny and blue.  Every time I turn around the forecast seems to say more rain, like every day there is rain!  I feel that way in my personal and spiritual life right now too. Dismal, dark, dreary, and heavy like clouds ready to spill lots and lots of rain. 
Two things about the Rain:
One thing I know about rain is that even when the skies are dark and dreary, the sun is still shining somewhere behind those clouds.  It is there; I just can’t see it or feel it.  It still shines, though covered up by the dark, dreary, dismal clouds.  It waits patiently for the clouds to move out so it can spread its life giving warmth to everything below.  It is that way with the Son in our lives also.  Even when we are covered in dismal, dark, dreary clouds, he is there and He is shining.  He stands waiting patiently to shine His life giving warmth on us.  The clouds cannot stay forever.  They will move out at some point and we see that God is there.  He has been there all along.  Waiting, watching, and never leaving our side. 
Another thing I know about the rain is that rain brings life and growth.  After all the spring rains, the world literally erupts with beautiful flowers and blossoming plants and trees.  The grass turns green and the world seems new and fresh again. It is clean, refreshed and transformed.  That can happen to us in our lives when we have been through a rainy season personally, spiritually and/or emotionally.  When the clouds blow out and the Son shines again in our lives we are often changed because of the rain.  We grow and blossom and are transformed just like the earth after a rainy spring.  The dismal, dark, dreary clouds and rain do serve a purpose in our lives.  God is changing us and growing us through every experience we have in life.  Renewal is ahead.  Growth is ahead.  Transformation is ahead. God is still here, shining in my life even though the clouds are covering His splendor.  Remember that when the storm clouds come, they won’t stay forever.  If there are dark clouds in your life right now, don't despair. Thank the Lord for the clouds and get on your knees pray for rain.
Just like the earth after a rainy spring season, I will come out of this season better.  I will be transformed and changed and there will be growth evident in my life.  God will not leave me under these clouds forever.  They will blow out, the skies will clear and the glorious light of the Son will shine in my life again.

Scripture to Claim:
He dawns on them like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.  2 Samuel 23:4

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