There is nothing like a rain storm. I love the smell of rain coming from a distance. I love how the rain sounds when it hits the roof. I love the dark overcast skies that sweep overhead. I love how the rain waters the earth and makes every color richer. Flowers blooming, leavings sprouting, and grass covers the once dry ground. Everything about rain I love. Lately, though, I have noticed that anytime a rain storm comes through Orange County I get the most intense headache. I talked to a doctor about it and she said that when the rain comes it stirs up the dust and dirt which can intensify any allergies. I didn't like the report because I so love the rain but it makes sense! The rain that waters the ground and helps bring forth every living thing also stirs up the dust, dirt, and pollen.
In life, we have seasons where we are crying out for the flowers to bloom, the leaves to sprout, and the colors to become rich and beautiful in our live. We want the fresh produce that follows the watering and the beauty that comes after a storm. The beauty we welcome with open arms. But how often do we open our arms and welcome the storms that water our souls and help bring forth the goodness that is already inside of us. Personally, I don't welcome the storms in my life that dump water on the dry soil causing the dust, dirt, and pollen to be stirred up. It's uncomfortable, it's messy, and in the season of a storm we have no control over when the storm will end. As much as I like the newness and excitement of change I do not like the stirring that is produced when the unexpected rain begins to fall and the stirring starts. Everything in my being says, "Stop the rain. Calm the skies. Stop the stirring. I don't want to deal with this. Not now. I don't have time."
It's never convenient when the Lord brings about a stirring that is deeper that we can reach. It doesn't feel good to have the storms of life beat on our back. In the storms we are reminded how small we are and how big our God is. He has all the power and all the glory. He can calm the storm. But even better yet, He can take hold of our cold, sopping wet, hand and guide us through every single storm. He is faithful to lead us. He is faithful to calm our aching hearts. He is faithful to grow us deeper in love with Him. He is faithful to remind us that He is our source and our one and only true love. He is faithful.
Much like Southern California, these seasons don't come every 4 months. They come every so often. They will come and go which is why it is important to be prepared in and out of season. No matter what's before you each day, take the time to rest in the presence of God and be amazed by his faithfulness.
If you can sense a storm brewing or are right in the middle of teranchial downpour here are some thoughts and scripture that have helped me.
Get alone, and cry out to God.
In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears. Psalm 18:6
Reach out to a leader, pastor, or parent for prayer and wise council - We are always better together.
Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst."
Praise God in advance for delivering you from whatever you are facing. Because even in our darkest days he is always in our midst.
May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! Psalm 20:1
The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9
For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:5