Posts Tagged Rain
It’s no doubt that we’re in a severe drought. Lots of places in this country are in drought stages. In fact, this is the WORST I’ve personally ever seen it. It’s not just that we’ve had no rain in Kansas where I’m located specifically. We’ve had 100+ degree days for so long that the vegetation is just baking under the intense sun and constant heat. The grass is dead. The trees are dry and losing leaves like it’s fall already. My garden did nothing except die without producing any harvest. And the ground is simply parched. It’s hot, it’s dry, and we’ve had no rain.
It’s no question that this land is in a drought. But that’s not all it’s in and I realized that while standing in the cool water of a shower.
Have you ever just had a word of God come to you? I was in the shower when this came to me. I went for a walk about 10pm tonight and it was still just hot and dry. So I had no problem working up a sweat as I exercised and walked around my neighboring streets. But something hit me as I was shampooing the sweaty moisture out of my hair. I suddenly kept thinking about the Ten Commandments. I started reciting them. I started praying about them. And then I finished my shower, brushed my teeth and headed into my room to read my Bible before finally jumping into bed.
I thumbed to the Index in my Bible and started looking up all the verses relating to “commandments”. I just had to review them, so I did. And I couldn’t find what I was looking for, yet I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for. Ever had that happen? So, I thought I’d just start reading the Ten Commandments again, when suddenly I flipped the pages of my Bible right to Deuteronomy 11:13-17 (NIV)
13 So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul— 14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. 15I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.
16 Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. 17 Then the LORD’s anger will burn against you, and he will shut up the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the LORD is giving you. 18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.
Rain is not the only thing we are lacking as a nation. We are lacking the very CORE of the commandments that God gave us to live by-more specifically what keeps us under the umbrella of His divine protection. We are a nation of idolators looking for answers and protection in everything and everyone except God and run to Him when it’s our last resort. We spend more time looking for what we lack by turning on the news and waiting for the weatherman to tell us we’ve finally got rain on the horizon, or a Television anchor to tell us that our drought situation is of epic proportions, or we turn our attention and wait for someone to invent magical shoes guaranteed to make it rain if we dance in them in purple socks. We want to look to the person or product that can fix our problem when in reality we need stop and focus on God. We need to simply stop and ask God to bring the rain because the truth is ONLY He can bring it! The weather man can’t bring us rain. He can only report that God has blessed us with some!
I just can’t stop thinking about how we need to become a great nation of prayer warriors, a nation that calls on our Great and Mighty God to do what only He can do, and a nation that that once again binds his word and His commandments in our hearts to focus on them night and day. We have become enticed to worship other gods and our land is literally perishing. And so are our people. The land is dry. The people are thirsty. Yet, we overlook the One who can make it rain and quench us.
Talk to your kids. Review the Ten Commandments. Memorize them. Ponder over them. Live them. Pray over them. And have no other gods before our one true God. Let’s end the drought. Spiritually and climatologically. Let God bring the quenching rain into our lives. Let’s make Him our focus.
I was sitting here thinking about a few things I am so anxious to do…like return to school to earn my Master’s Degree in Biblical Leadership. And I thought about how sometimes what we want to do gets put on hold for a little while. It’s similar to wanting to play a sport in a way.
You’re playing baseball and you’re up to bat next. It’s finally your turn. The excitement is mounting as you picture yourself taking the action you’ve been waiting for, striking the bat against the ball, watching it sail outfield, and you finally have the chance you’ve been waiting your whole life for…to run the bases and slide into home plate.
You see it,
You feel it,
You hear it,
You feel rain drops…
It’s your turn, but you have to wait as a storm approaches and runs it’s course.
Sometimes in life we encounter set backs. And maybe when those rain delays hit and our plans are postponed for awhile, God is busy working out the details. Maybe he’s building an opportunity. Maybe he’s building a bridge by connecting people that we don’t even know yet who will eventually connect to us. Maybe he has a solution that is being put into motion as we speak (or write). And even though we can’t see or feel it right away, we can be certain that God can use a delay to benefit us…prepare us…bless us in ways we would never guess.
So instead of crabbing at clouds that we can’t control, go out an play in the rain. It just may be the break you need to see clearly when the skies clear. After all, who can follow a rainbow if they can’t even see where it starts? Play in the rain and praise God for His blessing as you wait on Him.