Stand in the Rain

As I listen to distant thunder and watch the black clouds roll in, I wait for the storm. It’s summertime in Florida, and Floridians know something about storms. Blinding rains. Hurricanes. Floods. Even tornadoes.

We are the lightening capital of the world. Thunderstorms crash out one window and the sun shines brilliant through another. Yes. Storms. I know something about storms.

Coming StormsRain DropsRain dropsWhile I am waiting for today’s storms to roll through, I wonder. Am I prepared for the rains? Am I ready for the hurricanes of life?

The rains begin to pour and water pools in my back yard under the heavy deluge. And then I shake my head. How does one prepare for a flood?

Noah knew nothing about storms. But he knew God. Having never experienced rain, Noah followed the instructions of his Creator and built an ark—a shelter. He spent over a hundred years, board by rough board, constructing the protection that would bring his family through the flood.

The storms of life will come. Some will spring upon us in seconds while others can be seen coming from a distance. Our ability to survive the blinding rains is dependent upon our preparation and where we run for cover.

During hurricane season here in the south you don’t have to look far for a survival guide—a list of instructions to prepare you for those massive rotating circles of clouds with their angry eyes. Shelves are emptied of batteries, water, canned food, and plywood in the face of coming hurricanes. We prepare as best we can.

But readying ourselves for the storms of life can only happen if we draw close to our Creator. Knowing Him. Knowing His goodness. Knowing how He has carried us through other stormy seasons. We prepare for life’s storms by strengthening the foundation of our relationship with our Lord.

Noah prepared over a hundred years for the biggest storm of his life. He daily walked with God, readying his heart and his resolve. Noah would have to stand in the rain. He knew he couldn’t do it alone. Neither can we.

We must cling to our Jesus as we walk through our days.

And when the rains come? When the sheets of water fall fast and hard, blinding us? We run for shelter. And like Noah, our shelter must be in the cleft of the Rock.

“God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found
in times of trouble. Therefore we will not be afraid, though the earth trembles
and the mountains topple
into the depths of the seas, though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with its turmoil.” Psalm 46:1-3

We will face storms. Hurricanes. Tornadoes. We will get soaked. The floods will rise. Debris and damage will wound us. The pain will be real. But when we cling tight to our Jesus, we will survive. We will stand in the rain.

“We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed.”
2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Sitting home, the afternoon rains have come. I sip the rich espresso roast and listen to the hard rain pouring onto the earth. The air rumbles as lightening runs across the sky. But I’m safe. Standing in the rain.

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5 Responses to Stand in the Rain

  1. Carol Haney says:

    Thank you, Heather for your beautiful words of wisdom. Those of us who walk with the Lord know we stand strong in those storms with Him by our side, and beyond that we are secure in the knowledge that whatever happens in those storms we will be safe in His arms.

  2. Ellen Werse says:

    as always….. I feel as though you wrote this “just for me”! ( thank you!)

  3. Wow! I forgot all about it taking Noah a hundred years to build the ark. A hundred years under the mantle of Noah & Sons. Talk about patience in preparing for a storm. Well written

  4. Zelma Dodd says:

    Storms will come. I am so glad I know the one who walks on the water in the midst of my storm. Thank you for wise words.

  5. Jenifer says:

    YES and AMEN! Thank you for this!