Our community and surrounding areas are in desperate need of rain. We pray, we hope, we watch the sky. Instead, we have heat, high winds and sun. Yesterday I saw a comment on social media from someone in another part of the world on how they were so happy to have a day without rain.
The blessing we want and need is actually a curse somewhere else.
It reminded me how when we look at the lives of another we can be envious or judgmental. The truth is we are given exactly what we need to strengthen us.
Right now we are nervous, fearful, concerned that we may not have a harvest. Many won’t.
But awake in the night I randomly turned on a preacher that said “It’s enough until the rains come.“
Now first I want to say how amazing that is because so often rain is associated with troubled times. Storms too. But hearing it at the exact moment I needed it was refreshing to my soul. He then went on to quote 1 Kings 17:14 - For this is what the Lord says: “The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.”
Have you ever had an experience like that?
I have. If you know me I spill, I stain, I don’t close things. Bless my husband for being able to put up with me.
I don’t bother buying white shirts because it is like throwing money in the wind. Although thinking about it more, throwing money in the wind might actually benefit someone more than me being frustrated by my stained clothes that I wasted my cash on.
Nevertheless, when I left New York and a good union paying job with six weeks vacation a year, to explore the country and finally pursue the dream of adventuring and meeting people and discovering places, dialects, and more, I let go of most of my belongings and headed out unsure of what was to happen.
My journey around the country led me to lots of great hiking and new opportunities but little in the way of cash.
Amazingly enough, my clothes never wore out. My clothing was never stained and my size never changed. In fact these clothes held up for ten years.
Today I can’t move without staining or ripping accidentally a shirt.
What does this have to do with rains? With the jug of oil that will not run dry?
I think even though we have great expectations of all that could be, sometimes we need reminded to stop and take a step back.
Maybe God is calling us to quiet ourselves and draw near to Him.
I love watching my daughter soar at some dreams and being there to comfort her when they aren’t what she expected. But there is nothing on this Earth like a random hug or kiss from her just because, and an “I love you Mom.”
Maybe that’s how God is. Maybe he just wants us to stop and say I love you God. Just because.
I have a cold and it is frustrating. It’s Tuesday morning and we don’t have air conditioning as the part is on its way. We don’t have rain for our crops and the bills are coming in faster than the income.
But God. Thank you God. Just thank you.
Once upon a time in a different life when I thought I knew best and did what I wanted destroying my life, I had to beg for scraps. But I see that was how God got my attention.
I know You have never let me live without. So I just want to stop and say Thank you God and I trust You!
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He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Karen Cook; and stepfather, Herschel Melton.
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