God and Rain
I was recently on a Zoom conference that focused on thriving in our single life. We split into breakout rooms to get to know some of the other participants better and have more meaningful conversations. There were two moderators guiding the discussion and asking different ice breaker questions. One of the questions was, “What is your favorite natural phenomenon?” You could answer something like, sunset, wind, northern lights, snow, rain, etc. You get the picture.
My answer was rain. They asked us not to think too hard about it, whatever the first thing that came to our mind should be our answer. And then we went around explaining why we resonated with that answer.
It was easy for me. I love to sit outside and listen to the rain. I even like to stand under the rain and let it wash over me sometimes. I miss when I was a kid and didn’t get looked at like a crazy person for doing that. Anyway, I feel like it gives me peace and can wash me clean.
After we all revealed our answers, they revealed that the natural phenomenon we chose is how we relate to God and how we see Him. I thought that was so fitting. God is the one who gives us peace and the One who washes us clean.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and I have been under quite a bit of stress between work deadlines and preparing to visit Texas in these strange times we are living in. Things aren’t going as expected, and I have the choice to either stress about it or give it to God and let His peace wash over me.
When I got home today, I decided I wanted to give my worries to God because I am exhausted. I’d be lying if I haven’t thought about my situation since doing that, but I haven’t gotten anxious over it again. As I was about to lie down on my couch and turn on the tv, I noticed that it was raining.
So I am now sitting on my balcony, curled up in my favorite chair, just watching and listening to the rain, amazed by how much God loves and cares for me that He would send me rain on a night like this. How do you connect and relate to God?
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7