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Topic: RAIN (04/18/19)
- TITLE: Tears on the Screen
By A Mattingly
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In the Middle East, the land becomes dry and cracked from May to October due to no or little rain. By fall, the rains are as eagerly anticipated in that area as they are here in the dry cracked Blackland Prairie soil of North Texas. Yoreh, a Hebrew word for early autumn rain, brings relief and nourishment to the soil, preparing it for seed in anticipation of fall gardens. â€œBe glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God for He has given you the autumn rains because He is faithful.â€ (Joel 2:23)
In December, the rains transition into heavy winter rain, or Geshem, lasting until March. â€œAs surely as the sun rises, He will appear, He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.â€ (Hosea 6:3). Melqosh, the latter spring rains, lasts through April. There is no prolonged fair weather for Palestine from the month of October through April. But these rains are important for local agriculture. The lack of rain in the proper time have often caused the complete loss of a harvest. Without rain the water supplies dry up. These Hebrew words are specific and speak separately to each season.
The rainy seasons end. Spirits soar when the sun comes out and the skies brighten. Just as we were refreshed by the Fall rains, we are now refreshed by the sunshine.
I ponder the importance of both the sunny and rainy seasons to the soil and our soul. If we were to live in only one season, we would miss the beauty and refreshment of the other. Too long in any season brings a time of doldrums. Our bodies may appreciate the relief from the heat brought about by the rains, but our heart and mind does not always appreciate the Fall and Winter seasons of life as they bring about sad and difficult times. Just as each season is essential for the growing crops, the seasons of life are essential for our personal growth and maturity.
I turn to study the moves and changes of the rain drops again as they run down the screen. They are like tears. I think about the sadness in my life and the life of loved ones. These changes in the drops seem to be a lot like what our emotions go through. Though the season may be long, God promises to comfort us in our troubles. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, â€œPraise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.â€
By observing tears of sorrow, we can learn to recognize how they change and flow in ourselves and others. We can be assured, and assure others, our God will be with us through this season and that the sunshine will indeed come out once again.
Looking out once more, I see the coldness of the wind and feel the heaviness of the drops. I pull the sheer curtain closed to mute the pain as I pray and wait for the peace and comfort of Christ.
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