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        How do you feel about rain? With the arrival of hurricane Florence on the east coast, Leslie and I had a conversation this weekend about the possibility of rain moving into our area. We like rain.

On a sticky summer day (or a sticky fall day, as the case has been recently!) rain can provide a welcomed break from the heat. Rain will water your lawn or garden. Rain also results in that amazing scent we get after a downpour…petrichor, I believe it’s called. “…like the fragrance after the rain…” as the old song says.

But let’s be honest: most people want to be inside when it rains.

Rain interferes with our comfort. It drenches our clothes, messes up our hair, and gives us a chill. When you’re caught off guard by rain, you probably don’t have an umbrella handy and you can be left to wonder, “Did I leave my windows down??”

Today, however, I want you to consider the spiritual metaphor of rain. There are numerous references in the Bible and, most often, they represent God’s blessing. For example: “I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit” (Leviticus 26:4).

On the other hand, when there is no rain, blessings seem scarce: “The anger of the Lord will be kindled against you, and he will shut up the heavens, so that there will be no rain, and the land will yield no fruit” (Deuteronomy 11:17).

God’s rain always yields fruit, but sometimes He’ll send a cold, uncomfortable rain that we won’t want to dance in. He may send the rain of physical pain, to help you mature under trial. He may send the rain of an honest friend, to confront your sin. He may send the rain of situational difficulty, so you learn to rely on Him alone for comfort.

God may also bless us with drought – yep, I said bless us. He may withhold success from us so that we find identity in Him alone. He may allow a dream to die to help us discover a vision for His kingdom instead. He may allow us to experience spiritual dehydration, only to produce a deeper thirst for relationship with Him.

So, the next time God showers you with a challenging rain, don’t run in anger for that umbrella. Consider, instead, the blessings that He has in store. And the next time God allows you to experience drought, don’t question His love and faithfulness. His purpose is always to restore, and to yield a harvest more bountiful than before.





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