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!
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."
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!