My beautiful California is desperately in need of rain. As I drive along familiar streets to and from, I cannot help but be saddened by the loss of flourishing signs of life everywhere I look. The hills are brown and lawns once lush with green growth are dying due to mandatory restrictions on water usage.
As I pray and ask the Lord to bring the physical rain and heal our land from drought, I am reminded how desperately I need the rain of His Spirit to come — to bring healing, to refresh, to bring life.
I don’t much care for storms. I do not like the cold, the wind makes my eyes water, and I don’t like looking up at a sky where darkness is looming and the light is no where to be found.
The Lord reminded me just today that when I am faced with a storm, I’d rather hide. I am the first to turn and run for cover. I don’t like to get wet, nor do I enjoy the feel of a forceful wind upon my cheeks. And who wants to remain outside where darkness is threatening to overtake a once blue sky?
But I think He wants to teach me to face the storm. To look at it, head on, and remind myself that this too shall pass. The rain will stop. The wind will calm. And the darkness? [Tweet “If you gaze into a darkened sky long enough, sooner or later the light will come.”]
The darkness is always overtaken by the light. It will not remain dark forever.
I’m facing a storm of late. A couple of them actually. As my spirit cries out for rain, both in the physical and in the natural, I’ve found myself asking the Lord to calm the storm, before it even really hits. I’ve been filled with despair and anxiety over situations that are beyond my control. I don’t want to face the storm. The weight of it is uncertain and I’m not sure my physical man is strong enough to make it through to the other side.
I am not alone.
I do not face the storm alone. He goes with me and He promises that if I will meet it head on, there will be a blessing awaiting me on the other side.
Today I will pray for rain.
The kind that makes you want to turn and run for fear that you may drown.
Today I will pray for wind.
The heavy kind, the kind that threatens to catch you up in a fierce whirlwind and drop you off into an unknown place.
Today I will face the darkness.
Because I now that if I face the storm, the light will guide me through.
Are you facing a storm in your life? How can I pray for you?
Linking up with my beautiful friend Beth today for Three Word Wednesday.