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HomeWord - January 25, 2013

  • 2013 Jan 25
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 It’s Raining Again

This devotional was written by Jim Liebelt

The rains came down, the streams rose, the winds blew and beat against the house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. —Matthew 7:25

I have a friend who I talk with on the phone with regularly. He always reports in, “It’s 75 degrees and sunny here.” He lives in California, and it’s always the same report. I counter with my report. It’s always the same too. “It’s 50 and raining.” Such is life in the Pacific Northwet.

After living most of our adult lives in Massachusetts, my wife Jenny and I moved back to Washington State, where we were both born and raised. As a person who has a fond appreciation for sunny days, my biggest concern about the move was enduring the weather, specifically the long, rainy season (October through June) that characterizes the Puget Sound region. I thought I was prepared. Silly me. Perhaps I downplayed the fact that Olympia, where we now live, averages 164 days of rain, 229 predominantly cloudy days, and only 52 mostly sunny days each year. Ducks and fish seem happy, but my mood often matches the cloudy, damp weather.

It’s raining again. And I am reminded that somewhere, everywhere, people are experiencing rainy seasons, not made of weather, but of life and soul. Life isn’t working out the way they had hoped. The storms of life have poured pain and despair, and the forecast isn’t changing. Prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling, unheeded.

Jesus implies that the storms of life are inevitable. We all experience these seasons. While we can’t change the “weather,” we can be prepared to handle the rainy seasons of the heart that come our way.

Jesus said that we weather the storms of life by listening to what He commands and by obeying Him. He likened this to a house being built on a rock instead of on sand.He said that those who follow Him in this way are wise. By contrast, those who do not, Jesus calls foolish. This is simple, and yet profound. It is Christ-following 101.

Further, even if we aren’t the ones being rained on, we can come alongside those who are through our prayer, encouragement, and support. We can make a difference in their lives through our involvement. It may not seem like much, but to those who are struggling, it’s like giving the gift of sunshine on a rainy day, to know that they do not face hardships alone.

Today, wherever your find yourself, remember that for someone, it’s raining again. Your response to Christ and to others can bring a ray of sunshine into the face of the storm.

GOING DEEPER:

1. How does following Christ help you when you find yourself facing the storms of life?

2. What can you do today to help someone you know who is in the midst of life’s storms?

FURTHER READING:

Matthew 7:24-27; 2 Corinthians 1:3-5; Galatians 6:2

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