Rain. Clouds. Storms. Thunder. Lightning. Floods. No sunshine. No park trips. No backyard playing. For days and days. The spirit is affected just as it is living in a house with dark walls and insufficient lighting.
As I exited my driveway alley yesterday, the rain was falling gently. I passed these bright flowers which seemed unaffected by the continuous rain. I shifted my vehicle in reverse, rolled my window down, and snapped a picture very quickly to prevent my phone from the liquid of the sky. These delicate creations of God are beautiful, even in the rain. When I looked at the image more closely in my dry vehicle, they were even more beautiful.
These flowers may not catch the eye of many, but they caught mine. The closer I got to them, the more gratitude to God I felt for creating bright and beautiful things for us to enjoy… and for being my Hope. Likewise as a Christian, I may not catch the attention of many. My prayer is to become like Jesus that when others in "my alley" drive near me, they see a beautiful Savior… even in "my rainstorm."
"Beautiful, Even in the Rain"
Be it by rain, or be it by tears,
Be it by the Water of Thy Word,
Alert my eyes, and open my ears
That Thy every Word to me be heard.
The sky is clouded and colored gray,
The sun hides while the rain prolongs.
Choosing to trust Thee is the only way
To see beautiful flowers, to hear bird songs.
~Jeri Lynn Wilkerson
"Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out. For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof: Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly. Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle? Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea. For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance. With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt." -Job 36:26-32