In the hot days of summer, a cool rain shower would be nice. We unconsciously pray for rain, but when it comes what do we do? Do we stand outside and enjoy it? I like to walk in the gentle rains of summer, but I always remember what Momma said and take an umbrella.
When the grandchildren were young, every year we had an Easter egg hunt in our back yard. We hid eggs in every bush and flower. When the children were ready to go out and find the eggs, a rain shower started. Grandma came to the rescue. She had the bright idea to cut holes in trash - can liners, for little raincoats. Dressed in their little white raincoats, they ran out in the rain to find the eggs. As they hurried around, they looked like a group of little ghost running from one bush to another looking for treasures. The rain didn’t stop them. They didn’t worry about the rain; they only saw the prize at the end of the search.
When storms come into our life, we loose sight of our mission and allow circumstances to alter our plan. When this happens, we loose focus and evil wins. The evil one uses distractions to “get us off track.”
Grandma gave the children a raincoat to protect them so they could complete their mission; God gave us a “raincoat of protection’”, when storms and rain come unexpected. The Holy Spirit is our protector and is always available when we find ourselves in life’s storms. Jesus said, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever, the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16). David said in Psalm 91, “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge” (Psalm 91:4).
We sing, “Showers of blessings, showers of blessing we need. Mercy drops round us are falling, but for the showers we plead.” When God sends the showers of blessing, do we put up our umbrella of doubt and miss the opportunity to enjoy God’s blessings? God’s mercy is all around us. When the showers of blessing come, maybe we should turn our umbrella upside down and catch the falling blessings.
Do we look for the wrong kind of blessing? The blessing God sends might be the opportunity to help someone in need. While we look for a personal blessing, we might miss the real blessing and overlook the reason for the blessing. Jesus taught us in the gospel of Matthew, (25:34-40); whatever we do for our fellowman, we do for Him.
Sometime a blessing is in giving. The cheerful smile and kind word you give someone who’s discouraged would surely be a blessing to both. Sharing the light of Jesus Christ with someone who is in the dark and needs to know the love of Jesus and the saving grace of the Father would also be a blessing to both. “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings” (Isaiah 52:7).
You might be that shower of blessing for someone today. Don’t be a raindrop…be a shower. Will you wipe away a tear and bring happiness to a friend today?
When things get tough and God seems to have turned away. Remember, before the cooling, refreshing showers; the sky looks dark and threatening. Storm clouds appear, and lightning flashes.
Everyone has storms in their life. How long the storm last, only God knows for sure. When things look the darkest…God might be ready to send down that shower of blessing that you are praying for. No matter how severe the storm…God will always sprinkle a ray of sunshine after the storm, and lead you back to his love and light.
You may be that ray of sunshine God is sending to someone suffering through a storm today. Be ready for those mercy drops to start falling and keep on praying for the showers we need.
I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing”
Ezekiel 35: 26