earlier i was out in the garden talking to a pastor who dropped by for a visit and it began to rain gently. we both just kept on talking as if the rain is the most natural thing. the truth is: when you live on an island where you have a total dry season for about 8 months we welcome the rain. it isn't only important for the plants, trees and palms but it is important for our soul. as we stood out there getting wetter and wetter, the rain coming down harder and harder i thought about the 'rain of God'. we need refreshing from His Spirit daily. He wants to rain down on us but it is hard for us stand still long enough to do it. it is really hard to stop, isn't it?
the other thing we need is light. last evening bob and i were invited to our friends, larry and susan for dinner. it was a grey evening, the air was still and clouds were thick. i was hoping for a sunset but i knew the clouds were too thick for the sun to show it's glory. i almost left my camera at home but decided to grab it: just in case. as we turned onto the beach road (yes we have roads on some of the local beaches! how cool is that?) suddenly the clouds broke open and the sun burst forth in such glory that it took my breath away.!! the air that was once still began to blow hard , the rain fell sideways and i thought.. oh my goodness: look at that light!!! He blew all the clouds away!!!
we need the light don't we? sometimes our lives get cloudy, dull, routine: the same day after day. just a mass of gray. you know what? the sun is always shining! always. it rises faithfully and shines.. it just needs to burst forth. God's light is always there. He is light! You can't extinguish His light. In fact, in psalm 139 it says that darkness and light are the same to Him. Let that sink in! So no matter what you are facing right now, at any moment, the clouds could break and the Son will come shining through.
But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.
And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.