My first day “on the job” here in middle Georgia (Warthen) was August 1, but we were here a day or two before that. And since that time, I had not seen a drop of rain fall in our yard or on the church building until Sunday…and that was brief.
Sure, it has rained a couple of times since the 1st of August (it’s now Oct. 15), but I was out of town, so I didn’t see it. Other than a major storm that nearly washed everything away with 6 inches of water falling in just a few minutes (which I missed), it’s been pretty dang dry. Frankly, we’ve been in a drought for 3 months.
So, today, as I was driving into the church parking lot, I saw for the first time the church building through a rain drop-covered windshield! I was so taken aback by the unusual sight that I had to take a picture.
Since the sound of rain landing on the rooftops has been missing, when it finally did rain again the folks around here took notice. Eyes looked upward, heads tilted like a dog hearing a strange noise, and people literally exclaimed, “It’s rain! Praise the Lord!”
Can any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Or can the skies alone give showers? Are you not the LORD our God? We therefore put our hope in you, for you have done all these things. – Jeremiah 14:22 CSB
The folk around these parts know the importance of rain. Without rain, there’s no harvest. Without rain, there’s ruin. Without rain, there’s desperation. Without rain from the sky, there will be tears from the eyes. Therefore, praises were appropriate.
Rain Will Come
But what I’m waiting for, even more than the rain that will bring an earthy harvest, is the spiritual rain of the Holy Spirit upon the dry and thirsty hearts of men and women, boys and girls.
When I heard the audible praises upon the sound of rain falling on rooftops, my heart longed for the same type of rejoicing at the sound of hearts being renewed, revived, and re-energized.
Ask the LORD for rain In the time of the latter rain. The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, Grass in the field for everyone. – Zechariah 10:1 NKJV
I’m asking, I’m praying, and I’ve got my umbrella ready.
3 responses to “Observations from a Middle-Georgia Pastorate: Showers of Blessing”
Amen! Father, bring the watchmen to prayer! Lord, this planet is getting too dark and scary and God we need Holy Spirit fire to fall from heaven like rain just as it did on the day of Pentecost. Bring the Rain of Godly Reigning throughout!!!
Open the umbrella, pastor.:)
Specifically there was 3.5 years of latter rain before the harvest. And a new Rain and Reign as Jesus poured his spirit out on all flesh. If anyone is born again, they are experiencing the rain.
I think some times after a time when people are dry, one must ask, where is the rain on you? Whats up? What I found out its all about contempt. the john 3:14 and 15 missing out of the gospel. Its mentioned several times but no one hears. “as some of them did who fell in the wilderness.” Or the story about Moses hitting the rock twice, the complaints for water, water! cool clean water. There is a freshness found in faith, but not found in contempt. that is what Jesus was talking about in John 3:14-15-16. When he says, shall not perish but have everlasting life, he was talking about the snake story.
If someone wants the rain. They need to deal with contempt. Its the elephant in the room.