Saturday, May 2, 2009

Rain, Rain, Go Away

It's been raining since Thursday.  Steady rain. Light rain.  Driving rain.  Soaking rain.  Blowing rain.  Rain, rain, rain.  I'm ready for the sun to come out and cast its magic on my soggy rose bushes that are loaded down with buds.  I want it to quicken the grass seed we sowed in the back field, so it can hurry up and grow.  

A week ago I wanted rain, not sun.  It was dry and the ground was hard.  I wanted softer ground to sow the grass seed.  I wanted to stop wrestling cranky water sprinklers and have the garden and flower beds watered from the sky.  I want, I want, I want.
Isn't it just like we self-centered, sin-centered humans to want what we want, when we want it?  And right now, thank you!  Who am I to think that the weather itself should revolve around my wants and needs?  We need rain and we need sun.  God knows what we need when we need it, even if it's not on our schedule, in our plans, or anything we would ever choose of our own accord.  It's humbling.  We have to stop and admit that we don't see the Big Picture at all, even though we think we've got it all figured out.  We want to think that we're god-like; all-knowing, all-understanding.  But we're not.  We can rarely even see the Little Picture in correct perspective.  So, let's humble ourselves before the Lord, who sends us the sun and the rain in its time, who sends us all things in its time.  Help us, O Lord, to dance along according to your leading, according to your times, and not our own.  
"For everything there is a season, 
and a time for every purpose under heaven:"  ~ Ecclesiates 3:1

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