It is that time of the year when rain makes our lives either miserable, for those who don’t like the inconveniences of rain, or full of wonder and joy for those who simply love splashing in puddles and sticking out their tongues and savoring water drops.
Rainy days teach us much about the contrast between our view of ourselves and the way God sees us. We like to think we are powerful and independent, that no one can tell us what to do. We are certain that we will build our own future under our own rules, and we seldom think about dying, as if we were immortal. We make plans every day, only to see them ruined by something as simple as… rain!
It amazes me how something so simple influences our lives so greatly. We change the way we dress, we change our schedule and start going to work earlier so we can drive slower, because the pavement is wet. We change our plans from an outside picnic, to an inside family movie afternoon. Sometimes we even change what we eat, and our cravings for hot drinks and sweets get here before Christmas.
We must amuse God with our dreams of greatness, independence and power beyond His control. Read this passage of the Bible and laugh:
“At this, my own heart trembles and leaps out of its place. Just listen to the rumbling of his voice, to the thunder that comes from his mouth! He sends it out under all of heaven, his lightning to the ends of the earth. There follows a sound, a roar —he is thundering with his majestic voice, and he keeps releasing [the lightning] even while his voice is being heard. “God thunders wonderfully with his voice, he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth!’ —likewise to the light rain, also to the downpour. He brings all human activity to a stop, so that everyone he has made can know it. (Job 37: 1-7)
We think we are powerful and unstoppable, and God comes along to teach us that we have power over nothing. Even though we are precious to Him, we are small and weak. We are unable even to stand God’s rain or snow, and like little frightened, fragile creatures we run home to find security and protection. We are but little powerless creatures that have no say in almost anything. It doesn’t matter how rich we are, how smart we are, how creative we are, how skillful, strong or intelligent we are, we will run into our houses every time He decides. Our lives are in God’s hands and every second of our existence belongs to Him; for this we should to be thankful.
Only God is strong. Only He is unstoppable. Only He is independent. Only He is powerful. At the presence of our Lord, the earth trembles!