Ahh….. rain….. I so love the sound of it. We don’t get much of it here in Colorado, so I relish it when it falls to earth. Water in general means many different things to people.
Water can quench a thirst, it is used in baptism, and JESUS used it for a miracle at the wedding in Cana of Galilee. Jesus washed HIS disciples’ feet with water and HE walked on it as well.
Water is used in the Old Testament as a symbol of purification in ritual cleansing.
GOD has provided water to us as a necessity for life. In general, I think we take water for granted even though we could not live without it.
But there is that familiar expression that “when it rains it pours” and this wording is all about our difficulties in life, and how all of it is compounded when one trial happens on top of another! Are you in this familiar place?
I see some friends battling with physical issues, questioning GOD and HIS plan, and asking why.
I see others living with burdens I cannot imagine, some financial and some concerning family, and through it all saying they will trust.
These difficult trials cause us to ponder: why me? why them?
And just like the rain that inevitably falls after a long hot drought, GOD’S love falls and washes over us like spring GRACE…. just when we need it…. just when we are at our limit. And just like we need water to survive, so we need GOD’S living water to sustain us whenever life’s trials rain upon us.
I certainly don’t have all the answers as to why bad things happen to good people…. I just know we are all broken…. it is the world seeping into our souls and making us dirty in all sorts of ways. Because of our sins, we have “…forsaken GOD, the spring of living water, and have dug our own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”
What does this say about us? It says that when life rains on us, we cannot go it alone even though we try. We try hard to fix situations, and then soon realize that our going it alone only muddies the water. We need to draw deep from GOD’S well of salvation and let HIS living water wash over us, like rain on a fresh spring morning! Only the grace of GOD can be poured out abundantly on us in our situations if we hold fast to our faith in HIM.
The next time it rains or you see water in a beautiful peaceful setting…. remember HIS redemption for you. Water is all around us every day…. may we never take it for granted, and may we always remember its life-giving purpose for us.
ISAIAH 12: 2 “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”