Let It Rain

When we look back over our lives, we can identify certain ‘seasons’ that we must experience just as in the calendar year.  There are times of planting, times of growth, times of harvest, and then the winter.  The winter seems to be those times in our lives that we endure. This is when our survival instincts come alive and are put into action.  If we can just survive the winter, then we can enjoy spring.

I have experienced many ‘winters’ in my lifetime.  Each one appears to be worse than the last one or at least just as severe.  You’d almost think that we would be more prepared, knowing that inevitably the ‘winter’ will be coming, but it’s as if we’re hoping that winter will just pass us by this time.  This is wishful thinking on our part.  Winter comes, winter leaves. 

Most people would agree that the winter that we have just come out of has been one of the worst in a long time.  Significant amounts of snow falling on several occasions in the places that expect snow and instances of heavy snowfalls in places that have little or no means of cleaning off the roads.  When you need to get to work, you have a great appreciation for those people behind the snowplows. What a difference a little salt and sand makes!

Thankfully, Spring is on its way! But wait… now that all the snow has melted, just look at all that nasty salt and sand that has been left behind.  Elements that were once very vital to our existence and held great value are now ugly reminders of the winter we have just survived. Bring on the rain!

In our lives, ‘salt’ and ‘sand’ help us to survive great trials.  We have been given natural abilities to protect our hearts and minds.  Once the ‘winter’ is over though, we really just need a good Spring.  Just as Michael W. Smith’s song says, we need the Lord to just open the floodgates of heaven and let it rain!  We need to have all the hurts and wounds washed clean so they can heal. 

Some Spring cleaning is required on our part.  Windows need to be cleaned, sticks need to be picked up, and fresh air needs to be able to flow through.  Spiritually, we need to encourage others and ourselves with prayers and scriptures, especially Psalms.  We need to open up our hearts to God through praise and worship. Let it rain!

We don’t want to live in an eternal winter, so we must do what we can to move forward. We can’t get rid of winter.  Seasons come and go and without the winter, we could never fully appreciate the newness of Spring, the warmth of Summer, and the colors of Fall.  Winter serves a purpose. 

I Thessalonians 5:18 states that in all things we must give thanks, because this is the will of God.  Life is full of opportunities to learn and grow, but without the winters, we would not experience the full benefits of these opportunities.  God will always provide for us and we must learn to depend on him, living fully in every season of our lives.

 To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, And a time to die;
A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill, And a time to heal;
A time to break down, And a time to build up;
A time to weep, And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, And a time to lose;
A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
A time to tear, And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
A time to love, And a time to hate;
A time of war, And a time of peace.

~Ecclesiastes 3:1-8