Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Blog – 5-30-19

 
Rain, rain, go away! Come again another day – or how about never! Like all of you, I’m getting extremely tired of all this rain. Yesterday I drove in and out of rain for six hours. It would sprinkle, then downpour, then stop, then sprinkle, then downpour. The sky was dark and dreary, and everything around me looked gray and gloomy. The rhythm of my windshield wipers going back and forth, back and forth, started to lull me into a stupor. I had to fight really hard to stay awake the last hour of my drive. 
 
And let’s be honest, waking up every day to gloominess and gray can get old very quickly. I know my mood is definitely affected by the weather. And even when I haven’t had to drive in it, all of our recent dreariness has made me want to stay in bed, eat chocolate and watch a good movie. Is anybody with me? I realize that’s not very productive and in reality I can’t do it, but it sure sounds good some days. 
 
Gloomy days can give us a gloomy attitude.
 
As I was driving yesterday, looking at all the flooding and wondering if the rain would ever stop, God gently reminded me that above those storm clouds the sun was shining just as brightly as it does on a sunny day. The heat and intensity of the sun never changes. Its power and intensity does not fluctuate. The only thing that changes from a sunny day to a rainy day is the clouds that get in the way.
 
How often do I miss that incredible truth in my walk with Jesus? How often do I listen to my feelings of gloominess instead of truth? God’s word is very clear, He is always right there beside me. He never ever moves. His power to transform me never dims. His intense love for me always shines bright and true in my life. The only thing that changes is my perception of him. 
 
The gloominess of my situation, the struggles I’m going through, the discontentment I’m feeling can act like a barrier between us, much like the barrier the clouds form against the sun; but I can choose to remember that just because it may not feel like He is there, He is indeed present. Truth is, the Son is still shining, just like that big yellow orb up in the sky is still shining, even on overcast, dreary days.
 
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Deuteronomy 31:8
 
Jesus will never leave us. He will never forsake us. His love and grace are always shining to light up our souls.
 
I don’t know what you may be driving through right now in your life. I don’t know if you are going through a storm or a sunny place, but if you’re reading this and you feel like there is a barrier between you and Jesus, remember, my friend, He hasn’t changed. The trials of this world have not dimmed the power of His love for you one tiny little bit. Hold on to that truth and find the hope that comes from our only true source of light, Jesus Christ. 

Whether it’s a sunny day, like today, or a day filled with rain, together let’s keep on driving. Let’s keep moving forward. Let’s choose to trust in the strength of Jesus, even when we don’t feel the warmth of His presence. 
 
Let’s remember that the power of the Son never, ever changes!
 
Hugs and love,
 
Jill

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