Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A little rain

By Sarah - Her blog is The Fontenot Four You can learn more about her here. You can read all posts from Sarah here.  

When I think about the ebb and flow of life, I think to myself that it really isn't a beautiful picture all of the time.  There are storms in life.  Seasons of change.  Seasons of disappointment.  Seasons we just don't understand.  I thought to myself this morning "into each life a little rain must fall" and wondered to myself, "Who said that??"  Here was my answer:

The Rainy Day
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary; 
It rains, and the wind is never weary; 
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall, 
But at every gust the dead leaves fall, 
And the day is dark and dreary. 

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary; 
It rains, and the wind is never weary; 
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering past, 
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast, 
And the days are dark and dreary. 

Be still, sad heart, and cease repining; 
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining; 
Thy fate is the common fate of all, 
Into each life some rain must fall, 
Some days must be dark and dreary.

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I thought to myself, well that isn't very uplifting at all.  But I thought a little more about it.  No, life isn't going to be all sunshine and lollipops.  For a lot of us there is a dark and dreary reality to our lives.  Maybe it's not the primary thing that people see.  Maybe we've got it hidden really well.  But for some of us, there is a sad and dark reality.  And I wonder, how can this possibly be a good thing??

When there is a little rain, if you will, in our lives, it makes us see things differently.  It changes our perspective.  Rain changes the landscape.  The colors are enhanced.  Things look more vivid.  We see things in a way that we don't ordinarily see them when the sun is shining.

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If there was no rain in our lives, then we would fail to grow.  We need the rain - unfortunately it comes with gales of wind, thunder, lightning, and storms - but we need it.  If we are to grow, then we need watered right where we are planted.  Sometimes God plants us right smack in a field of thorns, but He desires for us to learn and to grow and to see Him in it all.Source: google.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Sometimes we don't understand the purpose.  And it may not ever been known until you're through the storm and on the other side.  But it's there.  I'm not saying that these rainy seasons of our lives are going to be fun by any means.  However, rather than focusing on the rain during that season, try to focus on Him because He put you there in that moment for a reason.  While that season of rain may be longer than you feel like you can bear, just trust in Him.  He will lead you through it.   You will get to the other side.

Somehow, some way....if you can, during that stormy season, try to look for even the simplest things that speak of Him and His goodness.  It's there.  I can't say what it is for you, but I have been through some pretty serious storms - and I'm here to tell you that even in the midst of storms, there is much goodness - if you only take a moment to embrace the storm you are in and see for yourself.  It's there.  

I promise!

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  1. This is such a beautiful post. You're totally right...we must have the rain so we can grow. God says we will be tested. He also says He will use everything for His good. I love your perspective. Beautiful!

  2. Beautiful post Sarah! Have you heard the song bring the rain by Mercy Me?! After reading this post I think you would really like it! :)

    1. Thanks Cassie! Yes, I love that song!! I need to go find it and listen to it again!