We’ve had a lot of rain, and there’s a lot more coming.
Some people don’t like the rain because it’s dreary but I like it. I like the clouds in the mountains and the sound of the rain in the woods. My wife thinks it’s a little depressing but I like it.
Rain brings good things like flowers and gardens even in the fall. We planted tomatoes this year under the eve of the house and all that rain and snow we had over the winter made those things grow like crazy. We staked them up and they grew so tall they were up on the roof. We planted cucumbers from seeds, they grew everywhere. We even planted some basil that took off and grew and is still growing. I discovered that I like to take a basil leaf and just chew it raw; it tastes good and warms your mouth. Try it sometime!
The rain brings good things
The Bible tells us that God sends spiritual rain to wash away the bleakness of life we sometimes face. Psalm 84:5-7 is a beautiful passage that tells us about God’s care during hard times.
Verse 5 tells us that Joy and strength come from the Lord for those who set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. What does this mean? Very few of us will ever go on a pilgrimage there. What’s God talking about here?
In Jesus’ time people went to Jerusalem to be in God’s presence. The Temple in Jerusalem was where God’s Presence dwelt and that’s where His People went to worship in His presence. People from all over the world would go to the Temple in Jerusalem to worship because it was God’s city, His holy mountain.
What about us? We don’t have to go to Jerusalem to be in God’s presence today, no pilgrimage is needed. God is right here. God is with us every day through His Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit dwells within us so that we are never alone. Even if we’re in our rooms by ourselves, God is there and we’re never without company.
God can’t be contained by a building or in a city, He’s everywhere. We get this idea that God is only at church, that the only place we can find Him is in a building with stained glass. That’s not true. God is in all places. God is right here, right now. God is with you in your room. God is with you during therapy. God is with you when you eat. He’s with you all the time; you can never get away from His presence.
God’s Temple is inside us.
Verse 6 tells us that the rains clothe us with blessings
God cares for us sending spiritual rain to cleanse us from hard times. God rains His blessings on us taking care of us when we’re in that valley of shadows. Rain is cleansing. It’s a symbol of nature washing imperfections and decay away. The rain mentioned in verse 6 is the same spiritually. God rains away our imperfections, our struggles, and the decay of sin. He leads us to a place of health and uses the spiritual rain of His blessings to do so.
Verse 7 tells us that these rains help us grow stronger. He will help us grow as a result of being in the Valley of Shadow. The times I’ve grown the most have been the hard times. Easy times make us complacent. Hard times make us grow. We become stronger as a result.
Let’s enjoy the rain because it comes from God and is there to make us strong.
Rob Morton is minister of First Christian Church Middlesboro. Contact him at [email protected]