TODAY THE WORDS are RAINY DAYS. Since it has been raining for a couple of days, much needed and grateful for the rain, it brought what rainy days mean to us in our lives. As children, we used to think, “Drats,it’s raining!” and we somehow felt cheated out of a sunny, fun filled day. We occupied ourselves, probably getting on our parents’ nerves with them wishing the sun would come out. Everyone was thankful when the clouds parted and the sun came out and importantly, we went outside. It wasn’t important to us, as children, if the rain was needed to stop a drought or to settle a lot of dust. It always seemed the rain would come on weekends, too. How did it schedule itself to ruin a perfectly good Saturday? That is how I remember rainy days but I found out as I grew older, there is a more significant meaning for “rainy days”. Rainy days mean that crops grow, reservoirs fill, rivers flow, animals have nourishment, and the environment thrives from a normal balance. Now for the deeper thought…….If all days were sunny days, we would not appreciate them as much. Rainy days save us from taking the sunny days for granted. I also think we have the rainy days in our souls; some days are ones we cannot see the sun for the clouds. When the sun finally breaks through the clouds (when God answers our prayers or clears the way), we can bask in the glow, run outside and play. Life has to have some rainy days and I realize that during difficult times, it seems like a downpour! The next time a cloud forms, and it starts to sprinkle, take a minute and say a prayer of thanks for the opportunity to go inside of our hearts and pray for the nourishment, the healing power of the rain of God, and trust Our Maker during the downpour as He is in charge of making the flowers grow and us to smile at the rainbows after the storms of life. Enjoy the rainy day!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.
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