Oh, there’s nothing like napping on a lazy afternoon and listening to the rain! It soothes the soul. It’s like our subconscious knows that everything is being taken care of. The temperature lowers, the ground is drinking and everything looks so much brighter afterwards. This moisture condensed from the atmosphere is literally depositing a “freshness” to dry and thirsty ground. Rain is necessary for growth and survival. It’s refreshing indeed!
A couple of weeks ago, God showed me an interesting connection between our tears and His rain. Oh yes, all rain belongs to God, but there are different kinds of rain. Not only is there atmospheric rain literally falling but there’s a “spiritual rain” as well. This is what I saw in the correlation. Let my teaching fall on you like rain; let my speech settle like dew. Let my words fall like rain on tender grass, like gentle showers on young plants. (Deuteronomy 32:2 NLT) God is wanting His rain to fall on you! This is where the “tears” part comes in. Our tears are literally draining us. Tears contain salt, fatty oils and proteins. When we cry, we are sowing not only our vital nutrients into the atmosphere, but we’re being spiritually drained by whatever it is that we’re crying about. We need God’s intervention here. We’re spent. Lord, send Your rain!
Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest. (Psalms 126:5-6 NLT) This verse pretty much sums it up. There’s issues we’ve been praying about for days, months or even years. We’ve cried until we can’t cry anymore. But all of a sudden, the weeping turns to joy! At just the right time (God’s timing), it’s like the heavens open up and Wham!! The rain of our tears produced a crop! The key to this harvest is God’s timing, not ours. We’re just told to plant. He does the rest. He somehow gathers our tears and pours out blessing like rain! And just like in the natural, there’s a harvest. But instead of fruits and vegetables, this harvest is joy! What a great promise from our Lord.
The world says “seeing is believing”. Faith says “believing is seeing”. So go ahead and praise Him. You know the tears will ultimately turn to joy. Only He can do that. The answer is on the way! Isaiah 61:3 (NKJV) says He will give us “the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness”. That burden that you’ve been carrying around and beaten down by will suddenly clothe you with an attitude of thanksgiving. It will be noticeable to those around you. The Lord will receive the glory. So go ahead and thank Him before the answer shows up. This act of faith will attract His favor. He already knows what you need before you ask. He sees the tears. You need His power and strength more than what you’re even asking for. The clouds are forming. His rain is going to fall!
Never stop praying. (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NLT) This is key! This keeps you connected to the rain Maker. In Him lies all of the peace in life’s storms and anything you will ever face. You need a shift of focus. Sure, you’re asking for “whatever” but what you ultimately need is His peace in the situation. It’s ok to throw your hands up and say “Lord, I cannot handle this without you.” That’s what He wants from us. He already knows that! He sees the dry, thirsty ground of your life. He’s seen the tears. You CAN’T handle life on your own. Oh, but He can do more than we ever thought possible! Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20 NLT) Invite Him to send the rain!
Today’s writer is Brandi Crowe. A hairdresser for over 25 years, she is currently the owner of Brandi Crowe salon in Buford, GA. She loves hiking, a good cup of coffee and spending time with family and friends. Brandi lives in a custom farmhouse with her husband, Robby and cat, Harold.
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Never stop praying for the rain! This article reminds me to remember always, it’s God’s timing I wait for! Thank you Brandi for this inspiring message.
I was just telling my husband this week after a good hard rain, you know, no matter how much I water my flowers and garden with the hose, nothing compares to them being watered by God!!! And I have to say as well, sometimes nothing heals me like a good cry!!! Thank you for this beautiful devotional.