(Had to go back and correct my numbers on my days this morning. Some where along the way I doubled days and so I was off. :O) We are 85 days into 2012.)
Holy thunder and lightning last night. WOW! For a while at least all the pollen has been washed away. We needed the rain!
There have been times in my life I pray for the rain to go away. The rain starts and seems like it will be nothing but turns into a storm of ragging water, rushing wind and I feel as though my boat will sink. This rain comes from no where and if I don’t keep my eyes focused could easily cause me to drown. The rain that brings the crash of thunder and dangerous lightning. Then there is the rain that comes and seems to wash away and refresh. Sometimes the rain doesn’t come and things are so dry and wither away and die. Sometimes we beg for rain even just a drop to cool the day, remove the sting of heat and quench our thirst. Then there is the rain that comes and nourishes and makes things grow. The rain that is a shower of blessings. The rain that comes when the sun is shining and leaves behind a rainbow of promise.
I was reading in Zechariah 10 today….1 Pray to God for rain—it’s time for the spring rain— to God, the rainmaker, Spring thunderstorm maker, maker of grain and barley. (Msg) It takes about the rain, about God restoring what was scattered and lost and Gods rebuilding. It talks of God restoring and making strong.
I am thankful for the rain. For the rain that brought me to my knees and to acknowledge my need for God. The rain that washed away the dust and dirt and brought truth and promise. The rain that falls and makes me new.
And as a reminder when I am in those hard places-
The Message (MSG)
When You’re Between a Rock and a Hard Place
1-4But now, God’s Message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got you started, Israel: “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead-end— Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in! That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you! I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.5-7“So don’t be afraid: I’m with you. I’ll round-up all your scattered children, pull them in from east and west. I’ll send orders north and south: ‘Send them back. Return my sons from distant lands, my daughters from faraway places. I want them back, every last one who bears my name, every man, woman, and child Whom I created for my glory, yes, personally formed and made each one.'”
8-13Get the blind and deaf out here and ready— the blind (though there’s nothing wrong with their eyes) and the deaf (though there’s nothing wrong with their ears). Then get the other nations out here and ready. Let’s see what they have to say about this, how they account for what’s happened. Let them present their expert witnesses and make their case; let them try to convince us what they say is true. “But you are my witnesses.” God’s Decree. You’re my handpicked servant So that you’ll come to know and trust me, understand both that I am and who I am. Previous to me there was no such thing as a god, nor will there be after me. I, yes I, am God. I’m the only Savior there is. I spoke, I saved, I told you what existed long before these upstart gods appeared on the scene. And you know it, you’re my witnesses, you’re the evidence.” God’s Decree. “Yes, I am God. I’ve always been God and I always will be God. No one can take anything from me. I make; who can unmake it?”