As I started writing this morning it was raining pretty good in Indian River. We sure do need it. It’s been pretty dry lately with lots of sunshine, and you can’t go too long without giving your flowers or tomato plants a drink. So, we try to keep the moisture coming with our hoses and sprinklers and watering cans, but it is God who does the best watering.
Many of the ancients prayed to their gods or to the stars hoping for some precipitation, yet the prophet Jeremiah reminds us, “Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain? Or can the heavens grant showers? Is it not You, O Lord our God? Therefore, we hope in You, For You are the One who has done all these things” (Jeremiah 14:22). A good rain for our plants and trees reminds us of God’s power and faithfulness and gives us absolute “hope” for other future blessings.
The miraculous cycle of evaporation and precipitation takes place because of God, “Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who provides rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains” (Psalm 147:8).
This water from the sky not only blesses us for drinking and for growing gardens, but it also testifies to God’s very existence and grace: “He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14:17).
There are times when rain cancels our golf or picnic plans, but we can rejoice even then, knowing we can reschedule our fun because rain makes living possible. We thank You, O Lord, for Your blessings of rain; our hope is in You to bless us again.
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