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Rain, Rain, Go Away

I keep saying that! I am tired of the rain, clouds and dreariness but I am trying to remember the rain can teach us a lot! So many people are hurting right now. People are battling depression, Covid, anxiety, loneliness, cancer, so many people have lost loved ones, some have lost jobs and some are waiting for a life changing medical diagnosis. And that tis just a few from my prayer list. Last week I found myself down, worried about this world and worried about the world my children and their children will live in. I could feel it pull me down, which is not like me. Sunday, I woke with a headache and laid down three times while getting ready for church. I wanted to stay in bed but I knew I needed that encouragement and I got it!

I am sure you can add a list just like this. Life is hard. We were never promised that it would be easy. In fact, just the opposite. We were told in this life we would have tribulations. Jesus and Paul promise there will be trouble in the life of a believer. Some of this trouble comes to everyone. Matthew 5:45, "The rain falls on the just and the unjust." Remember, the rain falls on us all! No one is exempt from the storms of life. John 16: 33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Some scriptures say, "but be of good cheer!" How can we be of good cheer with all of these troubles? James 1: 2, "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials." Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God lives in our spirit. He is literally inside of us. God is restoring broken lives.

When I got to church, God spoke to me in the first song, "Not Afraid" by Jesus Culture. "I have this confidence because I've seen the faithfulness of God...I trust the power of your word..." I do trust God's Word...most of the time. I pray and ask Him to help me with my unfaithfulness. I have seen His faithfulness over and over in my life. I just have to be reminded some time. We must trust God that He knows what He's doing with our lives. He may not change the circumstance but He may change us. Sometimes we may never have an answer for why something happens but if we go through trials, with God, then we know lots of blessings will come from the trials, even if it did not end the way we wanted.

"Everybody wants happiness, nobody wants pain but you can't have a rainbow without a little rain." Expect the rainbow, it will come, only after the clouds clear! In the in the meantime I know I have to trust God. And trusting God means I am not in control of all situations. Trusting God means not being scared of what could happen and trust Him to provide for today. Trusting God means knowing that He can carry it all. Trusting God means that He has the best plans. I just need to live in the moment and realize today's blessings. And trust!

As Bob Marley said, "Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet. Let's feel the rain and learn from it."


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