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Some Benefits of Inconvenient Rain

Inconvenient Rain?
Inconvenient Rain?
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Atlanta has entered a season of days with afternoon showers. These showers can be a welcome break from the heat for which Atlanta is famous for, giving the city the nickname, “Hotlanta.” The rain showers can make for a treacherous commute for Atlanta drivers and thwart the plans of many residents and vacationers, including those attending Atlantafest at Stone Mountain Park; a Christian music festival going on this week.
But rain is a beneficial part of our everyday lives, although at times inconvenient. Without rain vegetation and other plants shrivel up and eventually die. And we would lack the much needed water our very lives depend on in so many ways. The same can be true about our spiritual lives. In much the same way, our souls need to be refreshed.
“Then shall we know if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” Hosea 6:3 (KJV)
“Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.” Leviticus 26:4 (KJV)
Sometimes the season of rain that refreshes us follows a time of seeking God and calling out to him in our despair. It can be the very storms of life that drive us to our knees in desperation and prayer, from which we seek God with our whole hearts for His guidance, direction, or provision, peace, His wisdom, salvation of our loved ones, or any number of needs.
There’s an old cliché that rings true, “Into each life a little rain must fall.” I would guess that some feel they have received more than their fair share. But the rain or storms in our lives which sometimes seem overwhelming and difficult are not meant to hurt us, but to develop and strengthen us. We learn that God is Sovereign over us and is with us. Sometimes he calms the storms, while at other times He speaks, “Peace, I am with you,” to our souls.
I’m reminded of how the apostle Paul was tested and tried. He was imprisoned and often misunderstood. He wrote a large part of the New Testament, imprisoned; such beautiful words from someone in deplorable conditions. But he gave these words, “I’ve learned in whatsoever state I am in, therewith to be content.”
James tells us in the book, bearing his name, to let patience have her perfect work. When the work of patience is complete, there is a promise that we will be “entire, complete, wanting nothing.” It’s like the very things that seem to be working against us are actually working in our favor. Romans 8:28 reminds us that in all things God works everything together for our good. It may not seem good at the moment, but God promises to turn it for our good. The story of Joseph is an excellent example of difficult circumstances that eventually turn for good. And he came to realize that what his brothers had meant for harm, God meant to bring about a desired and good end.
Rain can be inconvenient in our lives and the rain that falls to refresh the ground, but in times of rain, our souls are watered, as well.