Blessings Come Thru Raindrops, 15Jun
Blessings come thru raindrops. Step out into the rain and finish the race.
WOW… the skies opened up – what a DELUGE!!!
It had been a wonderful graduation ceremony, then the announcer said we could meet our graduates in the parking lot where the arena’s underground tunnel spills out… 5000 people were there for 350 graduates, oh yeah, get ready for that crush of the crowd!!!… In hindsight, the tunnel exit was like our graduates were figuratively birthed from the underground earth and pushed out into the world once again – now that the protective cushiony world of high school was done – don’t let the door (or diploma) hit you in the ‘you know what’ on your way into the world – and oh yeah, GOOD LUCK finding your people!
BUT, oh the mood changed so quickly from joy to geez… the skies had opened up with such a downpour, a DELUGE, and there was NOWERE to go but pushed into the parking lots to get SOAKED… Yup, sounds like life… the turn of events can make or break individual moments, feast or famine… This was only rain, so hopefully we will laugh this off later – and with the graduates WHOLE lives in front of them, how could they not?
With our WHOLE lives in front of us, how could we not? We must laugh off the rain…
“Maybe our blessings come thru raindrops” – this a good fitting lyric from a spiritual song by Laura Story to remind us that “this is not our home” – that these trials of life will remind us that we are ONLY VISITORS here on earth… we are apostles to our faith, we are saints in transition, traveling demonstrations of our devotion… We belong to the heavens… Therefore, thru it all, we should remember trials in life are inevitable. We are to have HOPE and FAITH that we can survive the trials. We will surely have tears along the way, and we can count on that ultimately healing from the Lord…
Just like we can choose JOY or not, we can choose to step thru the raindrops or sing in the rain while life moves on… Life moves fast – life moves even if we don’t…
Not surprisingly, before the graduation ceremony was done, my phone stumbled upon the scripture verses teaching us that we don’t know the hour or day that the end will come to this world… So, we are to be ready, to strengthen our hearts, to be working for God all the time. I choose at that moment to think about the rain, I had no choice to step out into the rain, I had to step into the puddles – it was my only option. I was glad I had been a camping girl scout, I was ok with rain knowing that the warm car was ahead of me. (My daughter was in the same predicament, except in heels… Thank God she had been a camping scout too, she was more concerned about finding her friends than the rain anyway). We would survive. I knew that even before stepping into the deluge. So with a sigh and direction to find my child, I gave my keys to my son and my mom and I stepped out.
So today, how much better are we for knowing the Lord has a home for us when we “finish the race”. We are blessed. Our blessings come thru raindrops.
Think how when we step into the world, that we are to know our JOY in the Lord – we are to take our energy from His comfort. There will always an opportunity to act, an opportunity to pray, an opportunity to be present, an opportunity to be part of the future… We will also remember that we had an opportunity to be present in what will become the past memories and life experiences of our collective children.
FOR SAKE OF THE FUTURE, BE PRESENT IN THEIR PAST…
It’s a blessing to realize that it’s not worth worrying about future trials of life, don’t ignore them but just deal with them in the present, and choose JOY whenever possible… Rather than complaining about things not under our control – we can TRY to deal, move on…
Have I figured this all out? NO!!! Not even the Apostle Paul felt like he had achieved this state of being OK with the directive… But he did look to the future by being present in his situation and knowing NOT to have his mind set on: “earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control...”
THE RAINDROPS of life are ushering us into the future… God gave us this future so that today we can choose to step out in faith…
“Blessings” by Laura Story
We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things
‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise
We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe
When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not our home
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise
Paul writes in Philippians 4:
The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. … And the God of peace will be with you….
… I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Paul in Phillipians 3:
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach,and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.