When It Starts To Rain...
Have you ever had one of those days? Maybe one of those seasons? Where it just feels like, at every turn, it's raining? "Things" just don't seem like they are working out in your favor. Life is messy. The car breaks just after the refrigerator goes out. Two days earlier, your phone took a nosedive on the sidewalk and now looks like a decoupage art project. Everyone in your family has been slightly sick, and just when it seems they are on the mend, you come down with everything they had..... x 10. The milk went sour, you're out of eggs just when you need them, and you ran out of gas while you were late to work. It just feels like life is brewing a giant storm right at your front door, and you are in the wrong clothes and without an umbrella. I've been there.
The reality is that we can't function without rain - the literal and the figurative. If there isn't rain, there isn't growth. If there aren't deep puddles, there is no deep soaking. If we don't experience a season of hard rain every now and then, things dry up and wither as they gasp for a refreshing. Rain is important - and necessary - and makes things change. We need to change. And while we wouldn't choose it, we actually need seasons of rain in our own lives where it seems like everything is getting soaked to do the deep work in us that is needed.
Here's what I know about those soaky-seasons. It doesn't rain forever. Seasons of soaking are usually short-lived. And if there is indeed a flood of sorts, yes, it's devastating, but there is always a strengthening that comes after. There is always glory to give Him when we recover and bloom and grow in a greater capacity....when we come out on the other side stronger.
Creation always gets it right and continues to be the best teacher. Recently, I've been in a place where it rains every.single.day. Sometimes it's just a mist, sometimes it's a deluge, but it's actually what makes this place so stunning. It's SO green. Green doesn't happen without significant water. A significant soaking. Green in our lives, that kind of fresh-new-budding-containing-all-the-hope-of-spring type of green usually comes after a really hard season of rain. So, fellow "Wait-er," are you in a season of deep soaking? Hang in there... you're just around the corner from the promise of green.
Think about it... rainy seasons are hard, but the seasons that cause the most significant formation are not the easiest ones, but those times when we are challenged the most.
Those times when it's just rained and rained and rained - when you're standing out in it, and the water runs down hard, and your hair sticks to your face - those are the times. That's when it happens if we surrender to the work and let Him work in us. Change.
This week, the tiny pause I had was in one of those rainstorms that caught us on the beach. Here's what I noticed. Some people packed up and left and ran for their cars. Others, however, laughed and ran, not for cover but for the ocean. They got right in and made the best of it. They didn't try to stay dry; they embraced even more water and threw themselves headlong into the deep of it.
That's just it. It IS going to rain. Life IS going to soak us to the bone. We can count on it. What we do with the rain and how we allow it to help us grow is entirely up to us.
If it's going to rain, friends, you might as well have fun while getting wet. Run headlong into the soaking and watch the Lord bloom in you something truly beautiful. Here's to all of us on the journey to green.
"As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." - Isaiah 55:10-11