Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Rain

Today it's been raining......and raining.....and raining.

Big drops drenching everything...
then tiny sprinkles....
followed by hard rain hitting the ground...
and sad grey clouds have filled the sky the entire day...

For some it may be a depressing day.
It may be unwanted.

But I LOVE it.

Oh, how I love the rain.
The new life it promises. The refreshing it brings.
I love it so much that I secretly hoped for it to rain on our wedding day, just so that I could get married in the rain (it didn't).

I especially love thunderstorms. Often I'll curl up with a nice cup of mint hot chocolate and watch the storm. I don't know if it's the power, or the beauty but whenever I see those storm clouds coming my heart gets excited.

As I sit here and listen to the raindrops softly hitting the window and see the trees and plants soaking up all the goodness I can't help but feel a need to soak it up too. I can't help but take a few moments to allow my own heart to be watered. My own spirit to be renewed....

When you look up at the sky during a big storm what emotions do you feel?
How about when you are looking up at a deary dark sky with only the threat of rain, or at the grey of the sky after it's already rained?

I'm happy to see the sky turn dark, excited to watch a storm brew and even appreciate the sadness of the the sky after it's rained....for the sun always peaks out sooner or later.
I just love to watch the goodness of God being poured out in our world...watering..bringing growth.

Now when it comes to matters of the heart, I feel a whole lot different about the rain.

I HATE the rain.

I'd be fine if it never ever rained again. When I see those storm clouds a-comin' rather than get excited and curl up next to the window to watch, I run for my bedroom, climb under the covers and will for the storm to pass. I hate it. I hate everything form the sprinkles of rain to the downpours that drench me.

Why can't I see that same beauty and power when the storms are raging in my heart? Why do I always want my circumstances to be sunny and cheerful?
Why can't I come to love the rainy seasons too?

Well...I'm trying....

See, I'm learning that when it feels like the rain is pouring down on me so hard and I'm about to drown, He is there to be my shelter. And it is in these times that He is actually using the rain to "grow" my heart.

It is in the downpour that He promises to awaken things in me that have been withering. He is giving me treasures in the darkness- secret riches. Things that I didn't know I'd need....but He knows. He knows exactly what I need right now. He is developing me and molding me into the woman He has called me to be. Even in the rain. Especially in the thunderstorms.

And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness— secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name. Isaiah 45:3 NLT

As I feel my way through these rainy days I am comforted to know that God is not hiding from me. Nor am I drowning in my circumstances. No. He is pouring rivers of love over me and I can choose to hide under the covers afraid of the storm, or I can get excited and put out my arms out and get ready to dance in the rain.

I choose to dance.

6 comments:

  1. Amen! you encourage me greatly.

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  2. rain is my favorite and my best. : ) I love the way the greens in the garden and yard look in the rain. I love wet rocks and wet mulch. I love a quiet day indoors making crafts with the girls and a warm cup of tea.

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  3. Sara - you have a gift with words. This was beautiful and touching (and so very accurate too!)

    "Treasures in the darkness- secret riches", what an incredible description for how God works through storms in our lives.

    Thank you friend. This was a wonderful post.

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  4. rain is my favorite and my best. : ) I love the way the greens in the garden and yard look in the rain. I love wet rocks and wet mulch. I love a quiet day indoors making crafts with the girls and a warm cup of tea.

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