Bring on the Rain
I strongly dislike the rain. It's soggy and dreary, and nobody in California knows how to drive on the freeway when the roads are wet. The second a few drops of water hit the pavement, vehicles engage "bumper car" mode and skid all over the asphalt. It's embarrassing, really.
But today, as I walked to work, coaxing my umbrella to flip right-side out again in the windy, sprinkling weather, I did something that I don't often do. I thanked God for the rain.
You see, while the rest of the country has been experiencing blizzards and hail and sub-zero temperatures, we have been experiencing a pleasant drought. I say "pleasant" because the weather has been around 60 to 70 degrees and sunny and a little on the dry side. We're definitely not complaining about our California version of winter. Just by looking around Southern California, you can't tell that we're dangerously low on water. But the news reports show a lot of reservoirs are dry and cracked with no water in them at all.
Sometimes, in life, there are spiritual droughts. I forget to pray once, and then promise to catch up the next time, and before I know it, I get busy. Some might skip a Sunday once in a while, and just go about life as if everything is peachy-keen, nonchalantly forgetting all the blessings that God wants to pour on us each and every day.
Day by day, month after month, neglecting to connect with the Lord can suck our spiritual reservoir dry, just like this drought snuck up on California. We are still watering our lawns and taking showers, but the threat is imminent.
Spiritually, how do I avoid the dry times? Malachi 3:10 reads: "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."
I love the analogy the Lord provides in this scripture. He asks His people to bring their tithes (their worship and their service as well as their money) before Him, so that He might bless them abundantly to overflowing.
Curiously enough, it seems to me the Lord is throwing out a taunt in this passage, "Test me! Give me thanks for the things you have in your life and see if I don't open the floodgates and pour out all these wonderful blessings on you that you will not be able to contain them!"
I don't know about you, but that sounds like a beautiful challenge. If the spiritual reservoirs are always full, then they can be drawn from in times of drought.
Can you see the Lord waiting? I imagine God looking down from heaven, holding a bucket of blessings, just waiting for the first person to look up with a prayer and say, "Pour!"
Editor's Note: Just to give Sister Erin a little credit, the photo attached to this post wasn't her idea. We asked her to provide it just to prove that she did indeed need to get her umbrella out in sunny CA.