It’s been raining for the last three days here in Charlottesville. This is great news to many of us on the east coast because we have been in severe drought since August. I think this rain tells us a couple of things. As always, feel free to disagree with me.
- Rain is necessary. If it never rained, you would see so much sun and so much blue sky that you would never care that it was around. You would see so much beauty for such a prolonged period of time that you wouldn’t be able to appreciate it anymore. Desensitization is a real danger. Let’s thank God for the way he protects us from his glory, because we could not handle it if we saw how beautiful his creation really was all the time.
- Rain is necessary in life. If things were great all the time, could you handle it? Or would heaven really be that great if it wasn’t desperately needed as the cure for a lifetime of rain? Does Christ mean anything to you? He probably won’t if you aren’t admitting the rain in your life.
- God brings rain in his timing. We just went through a big drought. I had to sweep up a lot of dirt here around the study center when our water main burst. It got mud all over the place, but since it was so dry for weeks, it all turned into dirt. When I was sweeping it, I couldn’t really get it to go anywhere because it just turned into dust and floated back down to the ground. I was frustrated. What I really needed was a hose… or some rain. Three days ago the rain came and washed all of the dirt away. He took care of the problem.
- God brings life-rain in his timing. I imagine there will be many times in my life when I won’t have the money I need for some sort of endeavor or expense, and God might withhold his financial blessings (from my jobs or from friends or other random places) for a long time. He might let my family go through some significant drought. But eventually, when we are at the end of ourselves, he will bring the life-rain. He will always take care of us, won’t he? (Matt 6:25). I’m not sure we can say why he does things this way. One reason I imagine he withholds good things from his kids is to teach us something: money is not the issue you need to be concerned with. Often, we tend to think money is what determines everything positive or negative in our family lives. Scenario: Are we financially secure right now? Doesn’t that mean we don’t have anything to worry about? Hey, if we are financially secure then we can go on vacations and buy new bikes and you know what, why don’t we give away some of it too, since we have a little cushion here. Yeah, we can tithe a little bit more than usual because God has given us extra this year.
Another scenario: I need to raise money for this nonprofit job I am working for. I need to write my letters just the right way so that my words will convince people I am not greedy or not trying to steal their money. If I do this, then maybe they will want to give more? Or maybe I need to make at least ten phone calls a day. Maybe I should try to make my fund raising signs really catchy. Or maybe I just need to pray a lot. If I pray enough and ask God enough, then I’ll be taken care of. Then I won’t have to worry, because I’ll know I prayed enough.
Do you know what I think? I think we are worrying about the wrong thing. I think we need a new currency. Do you know what it is should be. Your turn: what really matters most? This is of course a personal question: what matters most to you? And do you believe that you are really responsible for the ways that your life is sustained, be it financially or otherwise?
I don’t. I believe in rain. (1 Tim 6:10)