Word Wednesday Nugget – Let it Rain

Dr. Rebekah Mc Cloud

Last week it rained every day. By day three, I had had it. I got drenched from head to toe on my walk from the parking lot to my office. As I sat at my desk towel drying my hair, I thought about a quote by Roger Miller. He said, “Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.” That day, I just got wet.

I did not think about the benefits of the rain. It nourishes our crops, replenishes our water supply, and cleanses away pollutants. Instead, I thought, Oh, woe and wet is me! Sometimes when we are self-absorbed in our pity parties, we miss the blessing, we miss the meaning, we miss the message.

Throughout the Bible we see rain as a representation of God’s provisions and his blessings. Elijah confidently prayed for rain (1 King 18:1). He was sure the Lord would provide because he had already promised the rain.

Zechariah 10:1 tells us to ask the Lord for rain. Joel 2:23 tells the people of Zion to rejoice for the rain because God is faithful. Psalms 147: 7-8 is a wonderful passage that illustrates the many blessings of the Lord. It says, “Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre! He covers the heavens with clouds; He prepares rain for the earth; He makes grass grow on the hills.”

It’s been said that into each life some rain must fall. Sometimes we get a little bit: a light sprinkle, a drizzle, a mist, or intermittent showers. Sometimes we get a bit more: precipitation, steady showers, or sleet. At other times we get drenched by a deluge, a torrent, a downpour, or a thunderstorm. Then every now and again the bottom falls out: we get a typhoon, cyclone, monsoon, or hurricane.

Sometimes it is scary in the storm. We are told to batten down the hatches, get ample supplies, hunker down, or evacuate. Surely, the Lord who parted the Red Sea (Exodus 14: 21-29) and stilled the storm to a whisper (Psalms 107:29) will be with us during the storm if we allow him.

Ezekial 34:26 says, “I will send down showers in season, there will be a shower of blessings.” Psalms 72:6 says, “The Lord is like showers that water the earth,” and Deuteronomy 28:12 reminds us that the Lord will send rain to bless the work of our hands.

I read a quote that said, “We may not like the storm, but our Heavenly Father knows we need the rain.” Amen. The Lord is our fortress and our shield. He is our strong tower, our refuge, and our joy.

The storms of life encourage us to grow, to trust in the Lord, and to build our faith. Someone said, “Close your umbrella and let the blessings rain down.” God has got us. There is no need to fear. God is ready to shower us with the latter rain.

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