And rain always makes me think.
I think of the food I want to cook. I think of the projects I want to complete. I think of the books I want to read. This is on the first day of rain.
Rain keeps falling.
My thinking continues.
Being the optimist I think of good things. Like God is giving me time to slow down; He’s nourishing the land; He’s cleansing creation.
Rain continues for 6 days.
The thinking gets deep!
God promised to never flood the earth again.
I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. “It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud, and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.…
But every now and again, I think He wants us to put on boots and watch for rainbows!
See, I told you, deep! (And shoe related, that’s a girl thing!)
Yes, I like to look at nature and then find what God will speak to my heart about the nature of my soul. It’s been raining here in my hometown for 6 days and yesterday while my husband and I were sloshing through the rain to work and riding down the road in sudden downpours my thoughts went to the story of Noah. I know that God’s promise stands. No more flooding the entire earth. But Lord, I know someone today feels like their part of the world is flooding and in danger of being swept away.
How can I give them hope?
Tell them to put on boots and look for the rainbows!
Rubber boots don’t help during financial crises. Rubber boots don’t get us through marriage difficulties. Rubber boots don’t walk us through raising head-strong teenagers. Rubber boots don’t fight cancer battles. Rubber boots and rainbows? Really?
Tell them the storm can be weathered. Tell them there is hope.
Tell them to don the rain gear that helps most during life’s storms.
- Put the word of God in your heart.
- Reread the promises everyday.
- Spend time in prayer and claim the promises.
Let them know the storm is not everlasting, my Love is everlasting. My hope is eternal.
When trials linger and flood our hearts with disappointment, depression, discontentment and fear seek shelter and focus on Hope.
The One who sends the rain will provide shelter during the storm.
In Noah’s life the shelter was obvious and took form the shape of an ark. God may not ask us to build an ark, but He will ask you to trust Him to be your shelter.
He is also our hope!
One of the things I love most about the story of Noah is his focus on Hope. As children we hear about the dove coming with the olive leaf showing that the water was receding but I forgot that it was not the first bird that brought back hope. It was not the second. It was the third. Noah continued to search for hope.
When the storms remain and linger, when the rain falls and falls, when there seems to be no dry land, put on your boots and keep looking for hope! The rainbows are coming!
And girls, we all look cute in boots!
Wet and soggy blessings~ Jodie