Weather has always fascinated me. Currently I am dealing with Rain…did you know?
1: Rain can fall up to 22 miles per hour.
2: One droplet of rain stays in Earth’s atmosphere for about 10 days.
3: Rain isn’t a teardrop shape, it’s actually ovular.
4: Every second, 16 million tons of water is evaporated from the surface of Earth.
5: Every second, 16 million tons of water precipitates back onto Earths’ surface (Water Cycle!).
( according to: http://explainers.nysci.org/post/72706480434/5-facts-about-rain-you-probably-didnt-know-1)
Scripture is fraught with references to weather. There is talk of clouds, sun, storms, rain, snow, lightening, thunder, and of course, the famous one…the flood. This is one I can relate to currently as the water rises in my basement. It’s a combination of snow melt and spring rains and a situation that started when our township forced residents make mandatory changes to our septic systems.
The process took all the solid matter like clay, and years of packed dirt out of our back yard and replaced it with new gravel and porous material along with slanting the back yard toward the house, much to our dismay.
Now this current flood is not as bad as ones we’ve had in the past or as destructive because we’ve somewhat prepared for it by storing items in plastic and raising things off the floor and adding second pump. However the clean up is daunting. Drying out and taking precautions to prevent mold…its all so draining (no pun intended) but as I sit waiting for the waters to subside I think about the fact that Our God REIGNS…even when it rains.
This entire situation reminds me that when we lose the solid – the bedrock firmness of our faith…when we replace the solid truth with porous stuff that is easily moveable our faith becomes ripe for the flooding of the world into it.
As the world seeps into the crevices we’ve allowed – often under the disguise of “tolerance” with the lies of “just this once” or “I won’t actually do it, just read about it” the leaking makes our truth dank, moldy and repulsive.
The foundations of our faith, just like the foundation of my house are vulnerable to penetration unless we are surrounded by a firm solid wall of protection. Not only can our faith suffer, but our witness as well.
It’s hard not to get mired down in our soggy wet storms and take our eyes off the SON. When we do that we are left with just soggy wet feet. Our trials or storms can lead us to grumble and complain which can breed bitterness if left unchecked. If we keep our eyes on the Son ~ HE will give us the opportunity to turn our valleys into victories.
People are watching. Unbelievers are watching. Our children are watching how we navigate the flood waters. Where is our higher ground? What do we cling to as the waters swirl around us? Will our actions encourage others to follow to where we’ve set our eyes?
Ironically or perhaps not I stumbled across this verse today:
The LORD sat as King at the flood; Yes, the LORD sits as King forever. ~ Psalm 29:10
Preparing for the flood starts in the heart. One of the ways we can stand firm as the water rises is to seek the LORD first.
As I listened to the rain and saw the water seeping in, despite two pumps working to keep it at bay, I had a choice. I could let this destroy my attitude and my day or I could ask God to turn it into something that would bless others.
Hopefully this little “blessing” of a reality check will give you the incentive to check the walls around your faith. How firm is your foundation? Will it be ready when the flood waters come?
While writing, my playlist hit on this song by Jesus Culture: Our God Reigns. If your spirit is in need of a little revival you might want to take a moment, crank up the speakers and revel in the REIGN!
Point to Ponder: Are you ready for the rain? How can you show God Reigning in your life to someone who is watching?