Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. Joel 2:23
I bet you thought that you would find the lyrics to the old Karen Carpenter song today, Well, sorry to disappoint you. I woke this morning to find the gentle rain which started yesterday is still falling on the earth. I appreciate the rain and I know how important the rain is for us. All along the eastern US we find that rain comes regularly. The land and the gardens need it. All around the farming community is blessed by the rain and we learn to appreciate it and I hope that many fall on their faces thanking God for the rain He sends, whenever He sends it.
The rains in the Ohio valley don’t come like clockwork. In the days of Charles Finney the people Oberlin were facing a terrible drought. The people complained and were bitter, as there was no water for the livestock, for themselves or even for the crops in the field. Charles called for the people to come together and expect God to send the rain. From miles around people came to Oberlin College to hear Dr. Finney. When he stood to preach he carried an umbrella and laid it across the podium. He announced, “I see I am the only one who believes God will send the rain.” He began to preach and as soon as he started distant thunder could be heard. By the time he finished a great deluge was coming down. Finney had faith in God and he was blessed for it.
I am reminded God must send the rain. We are not Jews and we are not called upon to care for the land as they were, but we are believers and we care for the land as God wants us to. That being stated, we must trust in Him to lead us. When we read the Word of God remember that He is the one who sees to our good. Drought will come, but trust that God knows why we need the drought. Just maybe, it might be that we will be closer to Him. Hardships are bound to happen. Trust God to see us through it. Oh yes, we will have to work, but that is because of Adam’s fall. (that is another story.) Just have confidence in the Lord. Seek Him on rainy days, dry days and everything in between.
By the way, it’s Monday… and I’m not down.