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Joy in the Journey

June 27, 2013

by Linda Beerman
Rain...It is a four letter word, isn't it? Most of the time we look at it as a good thing, but if it continues without much of a let up, it can bring us to a point of depression. Just looking around the countryside these past few days makes you wonder when all of these "lakes" in the fields will drain away and disappear. Precipitation, raindrops, wet weather, drizzle, showers, rainstorms, cloudbursts, torrent, downpour, and deluge! We've seen it all this past week around southwestern Minnesota and beyond our borders.

I'm sitting here this rainy, weekday morning glancing out at the grey skies, hoping the sun will pop out once more to help dry our land. The hay needs cutting, and I really need to get on the mower again too. It seems that the rain has not only drenched the crops, but has dampened my spirits today. On days like this, it takes a good boost of will power to muster up some enthusiasm to begin even a household job inside, or a project that has been waiting for me for awhile.

What I need to do first, probably, is sit down with the Good Book and read some encouraging words to bolster my heavy heart and downcast mood. In the Old Testament in the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 28, it talks about the Lord "opening up the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty"... I need to come to a moment of quiet when I can concentrate on all of the good things that God puts into my life and heart. Then I can dwell on those blessings instead of the rainy days, dreary skies, and this melancholy disposition.

Only He can bring order to my confused thoughts and feelings, enlightenment to a grey and dark day, and a bounce in my dragging steps. I am not alone here! Just in the last twenty-four hours I have talked to friends and neighbors who have water in their basements, even sewage which is much worse. And wet furniture, carpet, etc. in lived in areas of the lower levels of their homes. We can be reassured that "God's got it"! He is always in control and has a plan. Even when we don't see the big picture, His plan is at work and the puzzle pieces are going to fall into place. And if we believe that, it will be for our good in the end. "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

The writer, David, wrote in Psalms, chapter 42, " Why are you so downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my saviour and my God. My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you...."

Further in Psalms in chapter 103, verses 1-5, I am blown away with His promises from this book of hymns and praise songs! " Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits---who forgives all your sins, and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."

Well, I think I've got the idea...this dreary day is for you, God! This day and all those before me to come, I will let them rest in your hands. The rain. The dreariness. The responsibilities that are piling up because of the weather. The feeling of tiredness just thinking about it! The part of me that stretches my imagination to the limits. I'm giving it all to you! Because you don't have limits and your resources are inexhaustible. Thank you for listening and in the end encouraging the part of me that needed that.

Now that I have a "shot in the arm", I am going to find some "thinking of you" and "encouragement" cards and use my hand at the end of that arm to reach out to some friends around me that need a bolster of sunshine today. There are always plenty of people who need to get a cheery card, happy phone call, or maybe even a short text message. I can manage all of that even if the drops are dripping outside around my world. I know from the years that I have lived, that when you lift someone else up, your inner spirit soars too. And that is a good thing!

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