"I will send down
showers in season;
there will be
showers of blessing."
A farmer’s life has its definite challenges. As August nears, there’s still mowing around fields to be done, repairs to make, a combine to ready, and harvest is fast approaching. Generous amounts of rain this summer have forced us from the fields periodically. And yet, we count ourselves blessed, considering the drought out west and the floods in other areas of the country.
As farmers, we continually watch the sky and keep tabs on chances of rain and rainfall amounts. Too little moisture in the soil causes young plants to shrivel and die. But too much rain will stunt the crops and turn them yellow.
It seems rain can come as both a blessing and a curse. If it falls gently and at the right time, it nurtures growth and vitality. Yet, if it pours down heavy and harsh when it isn't needed, it brings destruction and ruin.
We all have rain that pours into our lives in the form of trials and troubles. At times these difficulties spur growth in our lives and cause us to deepen our relationship with Christ. Other times, adverse circumstances threaten to pull us away from God. It’s up to us how we respond.
Our troubles vary. Some struggle with relationships, others finances, illness, or tragedy. But we all have them. The important thing is what we do with them. Do we allow them to get the better of us, or do we rise above them by depending on the Lord to help us through?
Scripture says our lives are like a mist or vapor, here today, gone tomorrow. (James 4:14) That being the case, we need to make each day count for Christ by letting the rain that falls produce blessing in our lives. When the storms of life blow harsh, call out to Jesus, the anchor of our souls. He’ll always be there to lift us up and pull us through.
What struggles have drawn you closer to the Lord? I'd love to hear your story.
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