News agencies across Los Angeles County have warned citizens of impending rainstorms. On day one, Santa Clarita received 3 inches of rain. People all over the valley are battoning down their hatches, so to speak.
The clouds loom overhead ominously announcing their presence, their capacity for damage in our community is immense. Previously such storms have swept away homes located near usually dry riverbeds. We stare at the T.V. or computer wondering the fate of those who recently experienced an intense fire season.
Questions pound our brains: Will the mud flow into homes? Where is God, why would He bring rain? Why would He allow this?
Funny, only a few months ago we were complaining of our lack of rain. What’s the deal?
The deal is that rain can bring a variety of things, gloom and despair or newness and growth. How we view it is up to us?
While gazing out my window at the downpour before me, a worship song rings in my ears, “Let it rain, let it pour, fill me up Lord I’m yours…” by Mandie PInto and Brittany Bookout. I cannot remove this song from my head, so rather than fight it, I searched the scriptures for references of joy with rain. The discovery lightened my weary soul.
“Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants. I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh praise the greatness of our God!” Deuteronomy 32: 2-3
In another spot the scripture declares:
” I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God.
I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me.
I am the LORD, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.
“You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down.
Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it;
I, the LORD, have created it. ” Isaiah 45:5-8
Each year Los Angeles county experiences extreme dryness through the summer and into fall often leading to what we call the fire season. The surrounding mountains and hills become brown, brittle storehouses of dirt. Then comes the rain…
Spring bursts forth from below that dirt with brilliant colors from the rainbow delivering a joy and lightness to this struggling place. While we rest in the grey of today, we hope for tomorrow. We still pray for ourselves and our neighbors, knowing difficulties are still to come and trust that God is ever-present and ready to “let the earth open wide, (and) let salvation spring up.”
When we know this, we can truly say….”Let it rain”.
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