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Topic: rain (10/17/05)
TITLE: Lord, Make More Like Noah
By Venice Kichura
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I must have uttered this at least a dozen times last weeks as I whined about the rain. Maybe it didn’t rain for 40 days and 40 nights, but only eight days and nights of a continuous soaking rain was enough to let me know I could never live on an ark.
Last week’s downpour here in the northeast was not your typical rainstorm. The monsoons washed away houses, tore up roads, forced hundreds to evacuate from their homes and even claimed lives.
It all began a week ago, Saturday morning, as buckets of rain began to soak our yard covered with autumn leaves. By midweek I was depressed and discouraged, wondering if the rain would ever stop. I was not a happy camper.
Although stir-crazy, I felt uneasy driving through the floods Friday night to a church fellowship held across town. If it were up to me I’d just stay home and play it safe, but nothing stops my husband, Ed. But, hey, he’s the same fool who ventured out during last winter’s blizzard not to miss a party.
But, by the grace of God we made it there safely and drove back home.
The rains had slowed down to only a drizzle the next morning, so I decided to be brave and drive to my Saturday meeting. However, I only drove down a couple of streets before discovering the main road was now closed because part of the street we drove on last night had crumbled.
But Ed said he wasn’t letting a little rain interfere with our Saturday routine. And, we couldn’t disappoint our spoiled boxer, Hercules, who looked forward to his weekly outing to the bank where the drive-thru teller always gave him a doggie biscuit. The way this mutt pants, wags his tails and paces in the backseat, you’d think he was going around the world.
Finding an alternative route, we made it to the bank, but had to turn around because it was closed. We should have brought earplugs---Hercules barked nonstop, all the way home, disappointed he didn’t get his weekly treat.
Once home, I thought, Well, at least I can log onto the Faithwriters Message Board and vent about the dreary rain.
Descending into the basement, I almost slipped on a puddle of water. “Enough! I can’t take it any more!” I screamed when I saw my computer box surrounded by water. Lifting the computer box off the floor onto a chair I wanted to cry. A flooded basement was more than I could take.
Then just as I finished mopping, God froze me in my tracks. It was so intense I had to sit down to digest what He was showing me.
It wasn’t an open vision, but in my spirit I saw a scene I’d seen before on television---rows of houses submerged in filthy, murky water. Wow, but I felt so fortunate, thinking how the poor folks in New Orleans had lost everything.
But I still wanted to weep, not that my basement had flooded, but over my own selfishness. I had been spared everything. Even my computer was rescued.
But, Lord, what about all the recent hurricane refugees who lost everything? Am I more blessed because I didn’t loose anything?
No, if anything, they’re more blessed; the Lord seemed to be telling me, impressing me to get out my ”Purpose Driven Life” book.
My book fell open to page 197 where the following words by author Rick Warren jumped off the page.
”Your circumstances are temporary, but your character will last forever.”*
"Now I get it, Lord," I said. "Because of tough circumstances, their character has grown. They are blessed for going through it."
Also, I couldn’t truthfully say I felt like Noah. Not only did my measly eight rainy days and nights not compare to his 40, but if I had I felt like him, I would have known God’s peace. Noah knew God was in control, even when it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. He could lie down in his arc and sleep---even with all the animals.
Hear my prayer, O Lord….Instead of complaining about the rain, next time it pours, Lord, make me more like Noah---trusting in you and in your promises.
“The Purpose Driven Life”, Rick Warren, Zondervan, 2002, p. 197.
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