So here is something that I am a bit embarrassed to admit. I love dancing in the rain!
You know the big downpour we had last Sunday afternoon? Well while my family stayed cool and dry in the house I found every excuse to go out and “play” in the rain!
“I really should move the planters” or “I should re-cover the patio furniture” or “maybe the drain down the street needs to be cleared”. Whatever it was I was happy to do it. Any excuse to play outside. Before I came in, drenched by the refreshing rain, I asked my family who stood at the door and watched. “any other chores need being done?”
They just looked at me, with that all too familiar look… a mixture of amusement and pity.
Unfortunately I had completed all the outdoor chores and by this time the rain was starting to subside any way. It wasn’t long after that that skies cleared and the sun was shining again.
Life is a lot like that, isn’t it?
All of us face storms in life. Difficult things happen and our faith can be tested. We pray that God would help us get through, better yet, take the storm away. For some of us, we stop dreaming, hoping, even living during the storm. We are immobilized by it.
But eventually the storm subsides.
Most of us are old enough to have experienced a storm or two and we have come out the other side —where the sun is shining again. We have experienced God’s faithfulness.
I believe that, as believers, even in the storms of life, we can rejoice in the rain. We rejoice not because everything in our life is perfect! We rejoice in the knowledge that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). We rejoice in knowing that we are loved by a loving, compassionate and merciful God. Knowing and believing that should cause us to rejoice at all times, regardless of the weather!
Sure we could just wait until the storm passes but isn’t that what life is about... trying to figure out how to dance in the rain? And I would hazard to say that dancing in the rain is way more fun than standing at the doorway ;)
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)