One of the differences here is how much you feel the effects of the weather. We just don’t have the protection from the elements like we did in the Midwest. When it’s cold outside, it’s cold inside. When it’s hot outside, it’s hot inside. When it rains, sometimes water (or mud) flows inside. When it doesn’t rain, you aren’t guaranteed water. After a long dry season, we started to hear about wells drying up in the area. So, we started praying for rain. And last weekend, the rains came! Our boys were delighted that the Lord didn’t just supply a drizzle, but a downpour! The dry ground soaked right in that much-needed rain. The grass turned green, our roses perked up, and out came the hallelujah bugs (any bug that is called “hallelujah” was most definitely given that name by an eternal optimist).
Listening to the downpour as I tucked in my boy and his cast, the thought came: when it rains, it pours.
The ground outside may have looked like dry season. But inside we have had showers of crazy unexpected circumstances since February (just 2 months after moving to Brazil). I’m talking HARD rains, people. Storms come. We all know that. I guess the real surprise has been what has accompanied these storms. You see…the harder it rains, the more our Lord continues to pour out His lovingkindness. He has been [and IS!] our Shelter and Protector from the storms and stuffs of this life!
Rejoice in the Lord your God! For the rains He sends are an expression of His grace. [Joel 2.23, NLT]
I tend to despise the hard. I’d rather not have to walk through valleys of sickness and broken arms and hurtful words and broken hearts (for which there is no cast). But, these storms are showing me that sometimes the hard is exactly what I need to cling to the Hand of our gracious God.
Whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for JOY. [James 1.2. NLT]
Wiktionary says “when it rains, it pours” means misfortunes never come alone. Perspective makes all the difference, doesn’t it. We can either believe troubles bring more troubles, OR troubles bring opportunities for more JOY. We can either focus on the storms, or all the ways He cares for us in the midst of the storm. To regain perspective, I often go here:
I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will give you mighty inner strength through His Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, through it is SO great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now glory be to God! By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. May He be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages. Amen. [Ephesians 3.16-21]
When it rains, HE pours! If there’s one mystery I am seeking to understand, let it be how great is the love of Christ…in every circumstance, lavished upon us. THEN we will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God! THEN we can join the chorus of hallelujah bugs flying above it all.