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His Rain

Rain, Rainy weather

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Drops of rain

 

endless rain

 

pouring down

 

soaking everything

 

completely filling

 

every crack and crevice

 

plant and flower

 

with life-giving moisture

 

I watch as they drink it in

 

And I think about

 

the Father’s love

 

and grace

 

that is relentless

 

unending

 

pounding

 

and continuing

 

reminding me

 

that He is with me

 

compelling

 

dripping

 

saturating

 

surrounding me

 

with His unyielding motion

 

downward

 

in my direction

 

reflecting His promise

 

of devotion

 

and stubborn love

 

Like the relentless

 

rain

 

and like a thirsty flower

 

I drink it in

 

I pause and reflect

 

I allow it to fill me up

 

saturate and penetrate

 

the dry areas

 

and am grateful

 

for His rain

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Wind And Sun – Which One Are You?

There is a great Aesop’s Fable about strength and gentleness – I have posted it below.  I remember the story from when I was in grade school – and was reminded of it once again when in conversation with my husband yesterday.  We were talking about those that try to ‘control’ through manipulation and force – and those that accomplish the same thing by ‘letting go’ and ‘releasing’.

God does not use forms of manipulation and ultimatums when dealing with us – He could – but He does not.  He chooses gentleness, mercy and grace.  We could all take a lesson from this – not try to ‘control’ or be ‘controlling’ with others – it always backfires and never turns out well.

We will win a lost world by our love and willingness to accept, embrace and love others – as Christ loved us.

God Bless

The North Wind and The Sun

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The North Wind boasted of great strength. The Sun argued that there was great power in gentleness.

“We shall have a contest,” said the Sun.

Far below, a man traveled a winding road. He was wearing a warm winter coat.

“As a test of strength,” said the Sun, “Let us see which of us can take the coat off of that man.”

“It will be quite simple for me to force him to remove his coat,” bragged the Wind.

The Wind blew so hard, the birds clung to the trees. The world was filled with dust and leaves. But the harder the wind blew down the road, the tighter the shivering man clung to his coat.

Then, the Sun came out from behind a cloud. Sun warmed the air and the frosty ground. The man on the road unbuttoned his coat.

The sun grew slowly brighter and brighter.

Soon the man felt so hot, he took off his coat and sat down in a shady spot.

“How did you do that?” said the Wind.

“It was easy,” said the Sun, “I lit the day. Through gentleness I got my way.”

Chasing the Sun

Yesterday Greg and I took advantage of having no Sunday obligations.  It’s been years since we could do this – in fact – we never could because of church staff positions all of our married life – and even going back to childhood.  I don’t mean that we never got Sunday’s off – but they were seldom – usually limited to two a year.  Now we take off whenever we want.  Much of this is because with Greg’s job he is ‘on call’ 24/7 for emergency funeral services and even last-minute weddings – and when you’re self-employed – you keep your cell phone ON and don’t turn away any work.  This has been our life now for the past year and a half – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.  So when we get a day that I’m not teaching – we often jump in the car and just GO!

Because our weather has been unusually cold this year (we’re even having to turn our heat on in July) we longed to ‘chase the sun’ and find out where summer had gone.  Everyone told us – “go over the pass and you’ll find it there” – so we jumped in the car and headed out to find summer.

Going over the mountain pass is a higher elevation and the weather soon dropped down into the 50’s – not too much different from Seattle – but that 5 or 10 degrees can make a big difference – especially because we dressed for ‘summer’ and had high hopes.

After an hour or so and now out of the mountain pass – we discovered that the temperature was only in the upper 60’s – not too much different from Seattle.  These little towns were usually HOT this time of year!  What in the world is going on??? – we thought.  Good Grief.  And to top it off – it’s REALLY WINDY in Ellensburg – which added to the chill in the air.  Well – we didn’t want to drive another hour to Yakima – where the weather ‘promised’ to be a balmy 75 degrees or so – so we had lunch – in the wind – and drove back stopping at a fruit stand to buy some cherries.

As we headed back over the pass to Seattle – it started raining – perfect for the 4th of July – nothing like a little cold and rain when watching those fireworks.  Our searching brought us nothing – and we came back exhausted from the ‘chase’ and wondered why we even went at all.

I got to thinking about this.  We sometimes ‘chase’ things in our lives – opportunities, family connections, approval and wealth – only to realize that once we are done with the chase – we are often left with disappointment and even resentment at the things ‘lost’ – things that we could not claim.   There are things we can’t ‘chase’ after – and sometimes we spend a lifetime discovering that.  And sometimes – the things we were ‘chasing’ after – don’t really exist at all.  What is real and permanent in our lives – and what will last – and what is important – are the things closest to us.  Not the ‘great unknown’ that we often look for and try to find.  All the ‘what ifs’ and ‘if onlys’ can play around in our head if we’re not careful – and our fantasy life can become very real to us – causing us to lose sight of what is right in front of us – all along.

I believe we do need to go after our dreams and dream BIG – but I also believe that there are some things we cannot chase after in this life – and there are roads we should not go down to find them.  Take a look around you and find the ‘secret’ of being content that the Bible talks about and your eyes will open up to discover wonderful things that are right in front of you.  It is only when we are ‘content’ not to ‘chase’ other pathways – that we begin to find the secret of being truly happy and fulfilled.

Oh –  and that cold and rainy weather for the 4th?  It stopped raining but it was chilly enough that the men in our family built a fire – and we sat around it down at the lake to watch fireworks with family that live here – and out-of-town.  It was cozy and warm and fun – and we  made smores and laughed together.  We would not have had that opportunity if it had been hot.

Some things we ‘chase’ are not worth ‘chasing’ – no matter how cold and raining it may seem.  There is always a blessing – even in the storm.

God Bless

Rain

Ran across this artist today while researching a song from American Idol last night.  Her name is Patty Griffin.  I had not heard of her before – and it’s a shame because so far everything I’m pulling up from her – I am loving.  She wrote the song that Crystal Bowersox sang last night “Up on a mountain” which is a tribute to Martin Luther King and I will post it tomorrow.  The following  song about ‘rain’ seemed appropriate for many reasons today and I find Patty’s voice and guitar very haunting and beautiful.  Hope you enjoy it!

It’s hard to listen to a hard hard heart
Beating close to mine
Pounding up against the stone and steel
Walls that I won’t climb
Sometimes a hurt is so deep deep deep
You think that you’re gonna drown
Sometimes all I can do is weep weep weep
With all this rain falling down

Strange how hard it rains now
Rows and rows of big dark clouds
When I’m holding on underneath this shroud
Rain

Its hard to know when to give up the fight
Two things you want will just never be right
Its never rained like it has to night before
Now I don’t wanna beg you baby
For something maybe you could never give
I’m not looking for the rest of your life
I just want another chance to live

Strange how hard it rains now
Rows and rows of big dark clouds
When I’m holding on underneath this shroud
Rain

Strange how hard it rains now
Rows and rows of big dark clouds
When I’m holding on underneath this shroud
Rain

Strange how hard it rains now
Rows and rows of big dark clouds
When I’m still alive underneath this shroud
Rain Rain Rain

Remember When It Rained

This seemed fitting today somehow.  Enjoy!

Wash away the thoughts inside
That keep my mind away from you.
No more love and no more pride
And thoughts are all I have to do.

Ohhhhhh Remember when it rained.
Felt the ground and looked up high
And called your name.
Ohhhhhh Remember when it rained.
In the darkness I remain.

Tears of hope run down my skin.
Tears for you that will not dry.
They magnify the one within
And let the outside slowly die.

Ohhhhhh Remember when it rained.
I felt the ground and looked up high
And called your name.
Ohhhhhh Remember when it rained.
In the water I remain
Running down
Running down
Running down
Running down
Running down
Running down
Running down

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