Rain Down On Me

It has been a long time since I have chosen to walk in the rain.  I suppose I  prefer to be on the other side of the window when it’s raining outside.  With all the kids at a youth retreat this past weekend, however, my husband and I decided to drive to the mountains and go on a hike, despite the forecast for rain.  As we approached the park the dark gray clouds began to form overhead.  Just when we stepped out of the car and on to the trail, a steady drizzle welcomed us to Dupont State Park.  With no sign of a break in the clouds, we decided to press on through the rain to enjoy the three waterfalls we knew were a part of this trek through the woods.  After all, the stunning waterfalls would be a treasured reward for our willingness and determination to trudge through wet, muddy trails.

Much to my surprise, the more we sauntered through the woods, the more I found myself enjoying the rain more than the idea of seeing a waterfall.  The soothing sound of raindrops splashing onto leaves overhead drew me in.  The mighty streams along the way appeared so gentle as they passively received the drops coming down from the heavens.  Brilliant colors that typically blare forth in the Fall were out staged by the wet nourishment coming down from the heavens.  Even the waterfall, the prize at the end of the trail, seemed less powerful with the rain blending into its torrent.

Like God’s Word, the rain overpowered anything and everything that may have appeared more brilliant on previous days.  Like His Spirit, the rain affected everything in its path.

Rain gliding off green leaves still attached to their trees…Sustain me Lord through your Word as you keep me where I am despite the many changes happening around me.  

Rain gently tugging at leaves detaching and surrendering to the fall…Help me trust your Word Lord when you invite me to let go and surrender to your ways.

Rain saturating the path to fill a reservoir deep in the earth for the winter months ahead…Fill me anew through your Word, so that my spirit may be refreshed and able to nourish those you have called me to feed.

As you journey through your day today, may His word be like the gentle rain falling from the heavens- sustaining you, freeing you and filling you.  And like the rain, may His spirit flow out of you and powerfully affect all that is in its path.

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:10-11

4 Responses

  1. Dear Jackie,

    This is beautiful. I love the imagery–it fits so perfectly with the verse from Isaiah. Thank you for blessing my day with this message.

    In Christ’s Love,

  2. Carol Anne says:

    Jackie, you know I’m your biggest fan, so I’m gonna be biased. Nonetheless, I am so thankful for this imagery at a time when I am like the fall leaf clinging before the perilous drop to the ground below. Bless you for this insight and the word pictures used to convey it.

  3. Beautiful picture of His provision and grace…raining down on us even when we don’t realize the blessing. Thank you!

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