(Picture taken on Maui by Phoenix Dura)
Isaiah 45:8 ESV
“Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit; let the earth cause them both to sprout; I the Lord have created it.
We have been having a rain storm for the past few days now. This type of weather of course effects my depression in a not so good way. I grew up in 90% of the time sunshine. Living in a place of now 4 seasons and much, much rain, has been a hard adjustment. Trying to find something positive to write about right now has been a bit of a challenge. I also do not like to drive in the rain; it causes ptsd anxiety from a bad accident I was in many years ago in the rain. Needless to say I pray a WHOLE lot when I am driving in the rain now!
Despite many people not liking the rain, it is actually a much needed thing for this earth to survive, and us. Without the rain plant life will not exist. Our animals who eat the plants, would die and the animals who eat the animals ,who eat the plants would die. On and on the cycle of life will slowly fade all from no rain.
It reminds me of our spiritual life, without a storm to bring the rain, we cannot grow. Without hardships our faith can not grow. Our relationship with our Lord needs to be continually growing, hopefully forward and not backwards. There will be some times were it will seem like 3 steps forwards and 2 steps back, but ultimately going forward! We start as baby Christians and one day will mature.
During the “storms of flooding rain” in life is when my faith has grown the most. I do not pray that there will not be anymore storms but instead I pray to help me stay afloat during the storm. Just like when Peter stepped onto the top of the water, it was only when he stopped focusing on Jesus that he began to sink.
Matthew 14:22-33 (ESV)
Jesus Walks on the Water
22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way[a] from the land,[b]beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night[c] he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind,[d] he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Despite Peter loosing site of Jesus, I love that part that it says in verse 31 how Jesus immediately reached out his hand. How often do we have a mind set in our storms that God is just sitting back and watching us suffer? That is so wrong, proof is right here as it says Jesus IMMEDIATELY reached out his hand. How often in our wallowing are we looking right past his hand? We have to reach up and grab it!
Another promise is that God will never flood the earth again, he sealed that with the rainbow. Just as God has promised to always be with us and never leave us! Have hope in the rain as it will bring forth growth of astounding nature in our faith!