The Rain

There has been talk of needing rain. I have heard comments that the ground is "dry". Rain came. Rain. Rain. Days of rain. It is still raining tonight as I write. I can hear it beating against the windows. Laila and I drove home after 10 PM from a ministers' meeting. We had to drive slowly because of the rain.

I observed to Laila that the forecast for called for rain for another 24 hours. Then a wonderful thought occurred to me. "Wednesday it is predicted to be clear and sunny."

Wednesday morning we should see fog in a snaky line over the river in front of our home. We will see green in more varieties than Crayola has colors. Rain will give life to plants and trees. The view will be incredible.

Water is amazing. The parched earth drinks up little drops of moisture until the ground is softened. Grass and plants hungrily gulp in the moisture. Green grass becomes greener. Wilted plants almost visibly lift their leaves in the joy of thirst being satisfied.

Our God is amazing. His creation is amazing.

I think of rain that comes down from heaven to refresh our souls. How awesome is our God to refresh souls, causing them to lift weary heads and hearts and sing praises? King David exclaimed: "In my distress I called upon the Lord" (Psalm 18:6). How awesome when a congregation gathers from diverse places with diverse colors and cultures to meet at the cross as ONE and in humility wait on God to rain down his favor.

How awesome when a worship service is graciously superimposed by the Holy Spirit hovering in majestic wonder lifting hearts. How awesome when saints celebrate celestial intervention that reveals Christ as the hope of our hearts and Lord of our future!

Do you know him? Yes, that is the question. Do you know My Jesus? The song gracefully asks: "Have you heard that He loves you, and that He will abide 'til the end".

Consider where you are. Where you are going. Ask what power you have over world events. Ask what power you have over events today. Ask what power you have to save yourself, heal yourself, or redeem yourself.

In Mark 6 Jesus says to the disciples "Come aside". May I invite you to come aside into a quiet place? May I invite you to take inventory of your life? Look into your heart. Ask the Holy Spirit to look into your heart. Consider the road ahead and bow your knee to Jesus as Lord. Ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins, to guide you and to bring you to Judgement Day hearing welcoming words: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant..." (Matthew 25:23). Imagine as we fill Covenant's worship complex next Sunday we each bring joy of salvation. We each bring victory stories. We each come to celebrate. Imagine that rain from heaven will fall upon us. Move from imagine to faith. Act upon your faith. God will meet us at our point of faith.

Enjoying God's rain, Pastor Bare "Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth" (Hosea 6:3).

P.S. Can I invite you to join with me in giving generously to the Capital Fund for building of our proposed addition joining buildings together? We have been working on this dream for more than 20 years, knowing it will be a tremendous blessing to our children's ministry.