Before the Rain

Before the Rain

For the LORD God had not caused it to rain… but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground. (Genesis 2:5-6)

Rain was never an issue before. But with our family’s recent move to Lynchburg (better known to the locals as “Drenchburg”), I’m facing a new dilemma. We no longer have a fenced yard. Whereas I used to just let the dogs out (“who? who?” yes, it was me), now I need to put on my jacket and shoes, grab a bag, along with my phone for flashlight if it’s dark, and get their leashes on all before rushing out the door. If it happens to be raining, I must also grab an umbrella. Let me just say, this routine gets old quickly with a pup who needs to go all…day…long. 

Am I really complaining about the weather though? Certainly, there are worse kinds of storms people face in life. I may have lost a fence, but others have suffered loss of: love, trust and security through betrayal, innocence, reputation, income, health, hope, faith. Shattered dreams, even unmet expectations, can feel like the end of the world. But did you know, before The Flood that changed the world, it had never rained? “For the LORD God had not caused it to rain… but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground (Genesis 2:5-6). It’s no wonder people didn’t believe Noah about the coming rain; he spoke of something foreign to them. But God always keeps His word. He sent a warning first, offering a way of escape, then followed through. Sadly, few listened. Here’s the cool thing, though. Before the rain God’s provision of mist was already effective and enough. Our earth had all the water it needed, as do we have all we need. It may not be everything we want, but it’s all we need. 

Floods come suddenly. How many times have we seen news reports of evacuees needing a rooftop rescue? Don’t wait for a hurricane. God’s here now. As you encounter obstacles or apathy, grab your umbrella, and sing in the rain! Let His greatness overflow into gratefulness. This not only keeps our heads above water, but also prepares hearts for the next storm. And that could be a doozy, like none ever seen. We have been warned (John 16:33). Now, let’s be wise.

Winter months can be emotionally difficult, with dark, cold days and post-holiday blues. But hardships reveal our need for Jesus and, if He is sought, ultimately cause us to shine that much brighter. Our hope, which results in joy, must come from Christ alone, who continually refreshes our souls as we ask for more of His Spirit. We have an endless fountain (Jeremiah 2:13), of abundant life within. Yes, right now! In the beginning, mist was ample. Yet, thanks to Emmanuel (an anchor for all storms), Living Water is accessible.

Lord, water my face, cleansing tears; water my faith, clearing fears; water my heart, fueling gears; water my soul, filling years.

SHINE, always