Friday, August 31, 2012

Rain!

This morning as Dad, Leah and I hurried to finish chores and build a hoop house as a shelter for Gunner, the rains began. First just a light shower, then the rain increased and remained a steady, soaking rain throughout the day.

 
You could hear it hitting the leaves of the trees, falling to the ground, soaking into our clothes . . . rain drops made streams running down our faces. Leah and I worked to bend cattle panels and wire them down to re-bar stakes that she had pounded into the ground while laughing, smiling, stopping to simply look at the rain falling from the sky, and enjoying what we have been praying for for so long . . . rain.

 
The rain gauge as of a short while ago.

The life-sustaining moisture has fallen all day long, and after a break for a bit this afternoon, it is forecast to continue through tomorrow evening. I can just imagine the plant and tree roots sucking up the much-needed moisture! Even with what we have gotten so far, it should be enough to save some of our many trees that have started to die. And it should also rejuvenate the pastures again so that farmers may be able to get in one more hay crop this year. There is an extreme hay shortage here and more hay to harvest would definitely be a blessing!

Puddles!

As I worked in the sewing room later in the day, listening to the delightful sound of rain pattering on the roof, glancing from time to time out the window to watch the rain fall, a verse from Psalms kept coming to mind . . .

"O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water."
Psalm 63:1

What parallels there are between the drought and rain to we ourselves! The Lord and His Word are like that life-sustaining rain to our spirits. The more we are abiding in them, drinking of them, and getting our sustenance from them, the more growth and fruit-bearing there will be; the lush green growth that comes from being well-watered.

If we do not, we become dry, thirsty, non-productive . . . 


Like many of the trees here which have either started dying or have become dormant, we likewise stagnate without the living water of the Word flowing into us.


Another verse that had kept coming to mind today was from the book of Hebrews . . .

"For ground that drinks the rain that often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God;" (Hebrews 6:7.)

May our hearts be as the well tilled soil that drinks up the rain that falls upon our hearts! That seeks the 'rain' in God's Word and in abiding in Jesus Christ, our life-giving Vine. As I shared in something I had written several years ago that was related to the verse quoted earlier from Psalms . . .

"As the parched and cracked ground thirsts desperately for the life-giving rain to fall upon it and bring growth, so also should our hearts thirst and long after the Lord and His Word so that we can know Him more and grow, bearing fruit for His glory."

As this day is gradually coming to a close, my heart is thanking the Lord for the abundant rain He has given, and thanking Him for convicting and encouraging my heart through His Word!

14 comments:

  1. Very inspirational post and I'm praising the Lord with you for your rain.

    Mrs.B

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  2. Praise the Lord for the blessing of rain! I often think of rain as a nuisance, an interruption to plans. But as much of the country has been in drought, I have been remembering to thank the Lord for rain more this year. I hardly know what it would be like to not have enough rain! Do you think the rain you got was from the remnants of hurricane "Isaac"? Even though those storms can cause a lot of damage, they can also be a blessing! Anyway, I'm so glad to hear that you got some rain and will hopefully be getting more!

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  3. So happy that you all were able to get such wonderful rain! :o) What a huge blessing! We have had rain in the forecast for most of the week but nothing has fallen. I *love* rain and have been in the mood of needing a rainy day. :o) Hopefully soon we will have another one.

    Thank you so much for sharing the verses and thoughts. I'm so thankful that God sends us words from others just right when we *need* to hear them to be filled back up. Your a blessing my dear :o) <3

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  4. Oh what wonderful rain! Australia was under a severe drought from about 2003 till about 2010. Even the huge dams and reservoirs supplying the cities were drying up. I know so well that parched desperate feeling you get when you look at the dying land, and the relentless sunshine that goes on and on and on... then that thankfulness when it actually does rain! I would suddenly realise that even weather is a miracle!

    And your verses also made me think of that first Psalm about those who meditate day and night on the law of the Lord, being like a tree planted by the rivers of water. "that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." I love that psalm - whatever that person does prospers because his actions are prompted by he things he is meditating on.

    I love that first photo of the rain on the garden! Ah, what a feeling :)

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  5. Beautiful photos, Sarah, perfectly complimenting your words.
    How thankful you must be to have that life giving rain.

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  6. I'm rejoicing with you,Sarah. Our gauge is a little over 2" today.
    We are so thankful. Beautiful photos and words.
    God bless,
    Anne♥

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  7. What a lovely lot of rain! Thank the Lord! From the photos, everything is looking so fresh again.
    Yes, what a barren condition we are in without the Living Water. "May our hearts be as well tilled soil that drinks up the rain that falls upon our hearts!". Amen.

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  8. I am glad that it was a blessing to you, Mrs. B!

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  9. We are thanking Him for it, Anna! Already it has made such difference.

    It is amazing how one’s perspective can change regarding weather . . . when not having rain for so long even the sound of thunder in the distance or a few sprinkles gets us excited!

    Yes, this rain that we got was remnants of the hurricane. It is so sad the damage and loss caused by it down south, but it has brought blessings to the Midwest . . . moisture that these states badly needed!

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  10. It was a wonderful blessing, Nabila! I hope that you all have gotten rain by now, and that you could enjoy your rainy day. :) We have had several rains since this post, and slowly but surely, we are edging our way back down the drought scale.

    I am so glad that what was shared here could be a blessing to you! Thank you so much for your sweet words!

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  11. It was, Rena! I cannot imagine a drought as long as what Australia has been enduring . . . how sad it must be to see everything dying and water drying up. Hopefully the rains that you all need will come soon!

    Thank you for sharing that verse . . . it is one of my favorites and was an encouragement to read. The Lord truly is our “living water”! And as we drink from Him, meditating on His Word, He will bless and guide us on our way.

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  12. Thank you, Elizabeth! And yes, we were/are very thankful for the rain!

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  13. I am so glad that you all got rain as well, Mrs. Anne! What a blessing for! Hopefully by now your pastures are all greening up and your cattle are being able to enjoy the fresh green grass. :)

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  14. It was, Maddy! Everything did look so much fresher and greener only a few days after the rain came. It has been wonderful!

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