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It is Going to Rain…..Again!

Don’t you just love it?  Blue skies that stretch forever.  Clouds that are snow white and drift lazily across the sky.  Sunshine that warms the days so that winter coats are closeted, and summertime attire is prevalent once again.

But even while folks are infected with that marvelous case of Spring Fever, there is always the threat of the violent clash in the heavens of two opposite forces each seeking to dominate.  The cold fronts still crash down from the arctic regions while the warm, humid air from the Gulf is ever advancing to confront the nemesis of winter’s hold on the mid-west. 

When those two opposites meet, it is not a congenial gathering.  Rather the power of each unleashing the furious weaponry of their respective natures rattles the earth below.  Heavy rains are common.  Hail that has the capacity to do great damage to crops, cars, and create catastrophes pelt us with a wide spread assault that can result in disaster.  All Oklahoman’s hear the warning of a pending tornado and head into our yards to see if we can see it.  We don’t go to shelter until our eyes confirm the sighting of what the weather reports state is coming!

Rain, strong winds, and the instant flooding of streets are not welcomed for most of us.  Why can’t we just have sunshine?  If we must have rain, why does it have to come on the weekend?  Why can’t we just function with heavy dews to saturate the earth with enough water to make the grass and trees green?  Must the storms come with so much harsh and relentless pounding of the earth and all who inhabit it?

In northern Chile, between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, lies a narrow strip of land where the sun shines every day! Clouds gather so seldom over the valley that one can say, “It almost never rains here!” Morning after morning the sun rises brilliantly over the tall mountains to the east. Each noon it shines brightly overhead, and every evening it brings a picturesque sunset. Although storms are often seen rising high in the mountains, and heavy fog banks hand their gray curtains far over the sea, Old Sol continues to shed his warming rays upon this “favored” and protected strip of territory. One might imagine this area to be an earthly paradise but is far from that! It is a sterile and desolate wilderness! There are no streams of water, and nothing grows there.

We often long for total sunshine and continuous joy in life, and we desire to avoid the heartaches that bring tears to our eyes. Like that sunny, unfertile part of Chile, however, life without clouds and even an occasional downpour would not be productive or challenging. But though showers do come, they will also end, and the sun will shine again. “Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5).

Consider the Word of God reported by Job….At this my heart pounds and leaps from its place. Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice, to the rumbling that comes from his mouth. He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven and sends it to the ends of the earth.  After that comes the sound of his roar; he thunders with his majestic voice.  God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.  (Job 37:1-5).