There is nothing more pleasant than to sit under a porch on a summer’s day and listen to the rain. You can hear it on the roof, you can hear the wind of its falling as it passes through your view. You can hear it on trees and bushes and it is almost as if you can hear the plants reaching out with open mouths. You can sense the sound of satisfaction in the air. I have spent many a rainy day on a porch, just looking out, listening.
You can tell a lot of things by rain. You can tell much by how an animal or the birds respond to the rain. Some of that is dependent on “how long since the last time”.
I can hear the rain. This morning I was “intruded” on by my wife getting up early and entering “my space”. So while she was getting things in the kitchen as she prepares to travel with a friend to the doctor, I had to just close my eyes and wait to focus. And I heard it. Rain. Little drops falling.
In the scriptures until the days of Noah, it appears there was no rain. Genesis 2:5-6 Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not sent rain upon the earth; and there was no man to cultivate the ground. But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground. But never before was there a rainbow.(Rainbows require water.)
Rain was added it appears.
But this I know. From a spiritual perspective and from an observational perspective, my hearing of rain indicates change. Good change. John Fogerty asked “have you ever seen the rain”. For those of you who have felt bored, moved to complacency , unchallenged and wondering “if this is all there is”, my answer is a resounding NO! Life has crossed over. The dial has moved from “boring”(If you will.) across the interesting mark and has clearly moved into the exciting range.
Yesterday I called out to those who had left the church scene, the “revival” scene. I said “come back”. I received a lot of amazing letters and messages. Chords were struck that had not been plucked in years. Some of pain, some of hope, some of “can I trust”. My heart goes out to each and everyone of you. (I submit to you that as I speak of the rain, some of you began to hear it. You have heard the sound before!)
You thought you were left behind. You thought you could not do it again. But God!
Folks-I know in my heart that God reached out to you to restore your soul. To restore you. Why? Because you are valuable.
From my perspective you are necessary. You have walked there. You have been there.
It is a new day. (So much so, I refreshed my TOP 10 on the site.)
Why rain? I am not totally sure, but I hear it. I have been hearing it all the while I have been writing, praying and thinking.
Folks-if you are hearing the rain I would ask you to meditate on what it means in the coming days. What it means for you, for your family and for your region. For me it signifies a memory of what was that I might see what can be. We are here. It is a new day dawning.
One of things I have noticed over all the years was the lack of everyone made whole or healed. Last night while I was here and my wife was at a knitter’s group I began to hear things, see things. I understand mystery and yet I realized we could not just dismiss the difference between what we have seen in the scriptures and what I have seen in the meetings. For me, shrugging my shoulders no longer works and saying “I don’t know” is not enough. And then I heard the word co-labor. I do not have all the revelation nor is this the time I am putting it out in other than to say we must ask for God to illuminate this to us, as to the discrepancy factor. The word co-labor means a lot of things but the biggest thing it means to me is that I move as I see Him move.
I mention it because the need to see the “revival and renewal” crowd restored and brought in is critical to the idea of co-laboring. Necessary to what is coming. I am not fully sure of the why, but I am sure of the desire of the Father to see it happen. I think it has to do with your experience with Him. You “know what you know”.
Who has seen the rain?
I have been in church meetings where it “rained” in our midst. I have been in tent meetings where the rain fell. In one meeting the thunder sounded and the lightning flashed. As the rain fell harder and harder a river formed as the music played. It carved out across the area in front of the stage. And when it all stopped, there were rainbows. Not 1, not 2 but 3. One in the east and a double in the south. (A friend has the picture in his home.)
And so have many others. It is a new day. It is time to be all in.
Hide and seek is OVER. He is here! “Allee, allee, in free.” This is the message of Jesus. He calls out, “Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Freedom. Freedom from the world’s hold.
Years ago I was given a word about all the hidden coming out of the woodwork, out of the wilderness. It is time!God loves you! He loves your heart.
I get your pain. Your fear. Your frustration. Some 20 plus years ago I stepped away from the Lord. I was angry. Frustrated. Disappointed and broken. I ran away to get away from Him. To the last place I thought He would appear. (Florida!)I was there for a season. A rough one. I finally wended my way north. I arrived even more distraught. I attended a meeting and was called out of a large congregation of people. And these words (Among the many that day.) were spoken over my life. “God knows what you have done. And the Good News is? HE IS NOT MAD AT YOU!” I have a picture from that day when revival broke again out in my heart.
I am here to tell you He can turn your worst day into your best day. Oh, yes He can.
Allee, allee, in FREE! The table has been prepared. Come sup with the King.
For me, I hear the sound of rain!