Refreshing Rain!

We are rejoicing for the plentiful rain we received on Thursday! What little rain we have received in recent weeks has only been enough to moisten the surface while the subsoil remained dry as dust. This time it rained heavily at times and softly at times over a long period, allowing the water to soak in thoroughly. It was just what we needed! As I dug a hole today to bury some “compostables” I found it plenty moist to a depth of at least twelve inches. I think the rain arrived just in time, as Goldenrod bloom is just hitting strong, and white Aster bloom is just beginning. The honey bees seem active and are bringing in some pollen.

I remember reading Deuteronomy 11:11-14 when we moved here to West Virginia over seven years ago, the same passage from which we derived the title ‘Possessing the Land’ for our “farming” activities: “But the land, whither ye go to possess it is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven: a land which the Lord thy God careth for… And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto My commandments which I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, that I will give you the rain of your land in his due season…”

“Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rian, whereby Thou didst confirm Thine inheritance, when it was weary.” Ps. 68:9

“O Thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee shall all flesh come.” Ps. 65:2

Let us continue to pray fervently for the desperately needed spiritual water to come to those who need it, and like Apollos, allow the Lord to make us all that He wants us to be in His kingdom! (1 Cor. 3:6) Fellow Christians, there’s no need for any lack of water flowing from us (Jn. 7:38), so lets get up and do some watering.


  1. Esther September 19, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    What an answer to prayer!

  2. Crystal September 20, 2010 at 7:16 am #

    Praise the Lord! Good application at the end.

  3. James September 20, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

    We’ve needed rain here in Chicago for a long while too, and God gave us some last Saturday morning. His grace is multi-fold, however, as demonstrated that very afternoon when we attended an outdoor wedding for which, due to many prayers, God stopped and held off the rain. Prayer is refreshing!

  4. Donald September 21, 2010 at 6:38 am #

    The way it rained off and on, hard and soft is similar to the way we need spiritual refreshment too: daily, consistently more than all at once.

  5. Denise September 21, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    The Lord’s blessings are at many times in our lives as light as rain, and easily overlooked by those who think “a blessing from God” must be huge like a winning lottery ticket, a lighning strike, or something of that nature. But God’s blessings can be small, almost invisible to us in our day to day busy routines. Though we may not notice God’s blessings, He continues to bless us, and when we stop “to smell the roses” and reflect on our day in either prayer or meditation, we can then begin to see how the Lord blesses us in small, but important ways. And this ability to reflect upon our day, praise God, does not require any us to belong to a particular religious denomination, but only requires belief and faith in Him, and an awareness of His original, fit-for-me, blessings.
    When our AC went bad and the repair guy said it would cost $6000 to replace, the Lord led my husband to a site that could custom make the 20-year-old piece for less than $300. And in the meantime, in mid-July we had 70 degree weather for the 4 days the AC was broken (…a blessing for sure).
    Then in August I was at the county fair which btw has become so expensive to get into that most families with more than one kid were priced out of going. I got free admission tickets from a friend of a Chick-Fil-A operator that asked me to pass them on. I was at the fair watching my husband and son ride the rides when a woman, possibly mennonite (head coverings) approached me. We spoke for a long while about the cost of the fair, how her children won admission because they won a photo contest, homeschooling, home churches, etc. I then asked her “Do you know of any families in your church that would like to bring their children to the fair?” She said ‘maybe’ so I whipped out 20 free passes and handed them to her and said “give them to whomever you want.” At this point she said “I thought you were joking!” (Why would I joke about that?) Then she said, “The Lord blessed me today when he sent me to talk to you. Bless you.” God IS Good!!!

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