In the Time of Rain

English Audio Version

The most popular vacation spots in the world are filled with sunshine.

We don’t want it to rain while we’re there, so we choose places that have a history of clear skies.

Of course, that often comes with dry, hot days. Think Southern California and Nevada, Majorca, or any Greek island. These places are often water-starved and subject to drought.

It’s the rain that gives life. The most beautiful parts of Hawaii receive a shower almost every day. The British Isles are lush . . . and a byword for cloudy, gray, and damp.

Too much sun can cause us suffering. We need the rain and the life it can bring.

James 5:7-8 cautions us to be patient.

“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”

This verse tells us of the early and the late rains. In between is the long dry spell when we feel our enthusiasm fading away. We become dissected with life’s troubles, and we begin to doubt the goodness of God.

Let’s focus on the eight final words in this passage.

The coming of the Lord is at hand!

The italics and exclamation mark aren’t in the original, but they bring out the unbridled power in these two verses. We’ve two lessons to learn in these words, and here they are:

  • The harvest doesn’t come at the planting. It takes time for God’s answer to be manifested in our life.
  • We grow during the deluge. It’s under cloudy skies and drenching downbursts that God’s answers spring forth into magnificence.

We want the sunshine. We need the rain. That’s when we grow in the Lord.

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