“Yet He took note of their distress when He heard their cry: for their sake He remembered His covenant . . . He caused all who held them captive to show them mercy” (Psalm 106:44-46).
Lately, God has been pointing out to me the significance of my actions–or better yet my reactions when those all-too-regular storms pop up. You know the kind, the ones that occur almost constantly to those of us dealing with chronic illness?
I sensed Him asking, How will you show My presence in your life? Will you drown in your sorrow and pain? Or will you choose to show the hope you have in Me by going out and dancing in the rain?
What a concept! As I continued to dwell on this–surprise–(not)–a new health issue came up which had me concerned.
A friend of mine shared a sweet word of advice with me. She said “It’s okay to allow yourself to feel afraid. God understands that; but then He desires us to lay those feelings at His feet, allowing Him to take them; for us to release them and thus allowing us to experience His joy in our life once again.”
Isn’t that the truth? So like Him–kind, loving, and merciful!
God also graciously gives us mentors, to learn from, like Joseph in Genesis, Job, and Paul; each one, though experiencing great adversity, chose to still have joy, even in the midst of the storms they journeyed through.
Now don’t think I am saying I have this figured out. Like most, I am only a novice. But it is my desire, with God’s grace, that I will choose to dance in the rain and maybe, just maybe, I’ll get the chance to invite someone to dance with me, sharing the joy of the Lord with them.
Prayer: Father, thank You for joy You bring into our lives each day. I pray that when facing the storms that come our way, we will learn to lay them at Your feet. May we strive to share Your joy with others, even when we are standing in the pouring rain of our lives. Amen.
About the author:
Diane Kalata, lives in Central Florida, she is blessed to have a wonderful husband, who is also her caregiver in illness, three grown children, one grand baby and more on the way! She is a cancer survivor, but continues to deal with chronic digestive and neuropathic issues. She loves art and writing. Her desire is to continually be an encouragement to others; looking daily for those “God opportunities” to share His love and truth with others.
What do you struggle with lying at the Fathers feet? Do you have a neat story of when you played in the rain? Take a moment and share with us! We’d love to hear it!
This is a beautiful song with the Rhett Walker Band, “All I Need.” It speaks of how the rains keep falling and how the storms don’t feel safe, but if we cling to our King we can be assured that they won’t drown us or overpower us. Hoping you are blessed by it today. -Lisa