“I will make them and the places surrounding my hill a blessing. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.” Ezekiel 24:36
Nicholas sat on his bed, looking glumly out the window. Today was the third day in a row for rain. His Saturday soccer game had been canceled, he couldn’t ride his bike down to his friend’s house, and there wouldn’t be any flag football at school again.
The rain made everything seem sad and gloomy. And he had had enough of “sad and gloomy” in his life recently. Dad had left a few months ago. Moved into a new house clear across town. He called often but that wasn’t the same as being there in the house. He wasn’t there when Nicholas had a bad day at school. He wasn’t there when he didn’t make the traveling team. He wasn’t there when he had made the honor roll at school for the first time. He wasn’t there when he wanted to talk about one of his friends.
Mom didn’t seem to mind the rain. In fact she called it a blessing. “Blessed, blessed rain,” he heard her say as she looked out the window. “Showers of blessing.”
What was so great about rain? Nicholas didn’t understand. “Why do you think the rain is such a blessing, Mom? We have to make up our soccer games now, you can’t get out to work in your garden, and I can’t get out to mow.”
Mom directed Nicholas to the kitchen window. “Look at how the tree in the back has leafed out. Look at how green the grass is now. No more dust blowing in the air. And look at the tulips and daffodils.”
That part of the flower garden had always been Nicholas’ favorite. When the yellow daffodils and the bright red tulips were up together, he knew it was really spring. It had always been a sign for him that summer was not far away.
Nicholas had to admit. The yard had looked pretty dismal so far this spring. The rain did make a big difference. Especially with the daffodils and tulips.
Mom went on. “You have to have some rain if you want the blessing. It’s like that with our family right now. Right now we are in the middle of the rain, the middle of the storm. But when the rain is over, when the storm is finished, there is always a rainbow. And showers of blessing.”
And God said, “I am making an agreement between me and you and every living creature that is with you. It will continue from now on. This is the sign: I am putting my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of the agreement between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth, a rainbow appears in the clouds. Then I will remember my agreement. It is between me and you and every living thing….” Genesis 9:12-15 (ICB)
Nicholas thought about that for awhile. Yeah, it WAS raining in their life right now. Dad was gone and things just weren’t seeming to get any better. But he and Mom had been praying real hard for Dad to come to his senses, to come home to the Lord and home to them. In fact, the more Nicholas thought about it, the more he realized that the “rain” was exactly what they were praying for. And there WAS blessing in the rain they were going through in their family right now. Mom had drawn closer to God and Nicholas had learned about the power of prayer. And when the rain was over, he knew that the Lord had promised them a rainbow. A family who had come through the storm and was better than before. A family who knew what the Lord could do. A family who had Christ at the center.
Nicholas stood for a long time at the kitchen window, watching the rain streaking down it, catching glimpses of the beautiful yellow and red flowers waving at him from the flower garden. And his heart knew that the rain was a good thing. His heart knew that it brought the promise of a blessing. Showers of blessing.
The Lord will open up his storehouse. The skies will send rain on your land at the right time. And he will bless everything you do… The Lord will make you like the head and not like the tail. You will be on top and not on bottom. Deuteronomy 28:12-13a (ICB)
Kim, a stander in Nebraska
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