Each morning I take a 30 minute walk. Except when it’s raining; which is never. During that time of awakening my bones and joints, I lift my eyes up and talk to God and He oftentimes awakens my spirit. Some mornings, it’s just me talking to the wind and the sky, but once in a blue moon, I hear him whisper back to me. It might just be in the sunrise or the birds singing, but I hear it just the same and a deep calm covers me. It’s the only way I make it through this world somedays.
On Tuesday during our visit, I was a bit whiney. I was focused on the dry conditions and asking for rain. And in my desperate spirit I told him I felt like he’d forgotten about us. Was he listening? Did he care?
He didn’t respond.
But afterwards during my morning facebook ritual, I read a post by my friend Chantelle. And although it was her typing the words, and although the words came from Restoration Place Ministries Word, it was HIM speaking to me. And this is what he said.
I Am restoring the things that were assigned to your hands by Me. I call forth destiny over you. The things that seemed to be delayed are now ready to be released. There have been moments when you felt downcast, you thought that I had passed you by. Look up into My eyes today & be refreshed. Look & see the provisions. Look & see the outcome; I will triumph in you. You will see great victory for this battle belongs to Me. I own it; it is Mine.
Reading that, it could apply to a million different scenarios that you might be facing. But to me, it spoke RAIN. It spoke showers of blessings. I said “Thank You Lord. You haven’t forgotten about us.”
That evening, JDub and I drove over to a neighboring town for some business and supper. During supper, my mom called to tell me that it was pouring rain. The power was out. The rain was coming down in sheets. The wind was howling. Sure enough, facebook was exploding with pictures from the townfolk of the rain, the winds, rushing water down the streets, and children playing in the gutters afterwards. It was awesome.
Although we missed the storm, we certainly saw its aftermath. It was a storm, I tell you. Out here at our place, a tree had fallen over into the barbed wire fence, my lawn furniture was a tangled mess blown across the yard, and my niece’s little playhouse was in about 20 pieces strewn across the pasture. When we moved here, there was a little structure left that appeared to be built for a child’s fort. My nieces took to it, hammering it, painting, it, decorating it. But it is no longer. Ash doesn’t seem to be too upset about it, which is good. She is the optimistic one who says maybe we can build a new one.
We received 8 tenths of an inch according to our raingauge, but other places reported an inch to an inch and a half. And now this morning, as I sit in my dark living room typing, I hear the thunder rolling, I see lightening flashing, and raindrops are hitting the rooftops and windows. The things that seemed to be delayed are now ready to be released. Praise be to the Restorer! God’s promises remain. And I’m standing on them.
Have a beautiful day wherever you are. Look for your blessings and you’ll find them.