Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | July 23, 2018

When The Rains Come

 

“The rains came down, the streams rose and the winds blew and beat against the house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” Matthew 7:25 (NIV)

The foolish man built his house upon the sand and when the rains came it fell with a crash. I can still remember those hand motions from Sunday School – just loved this song. But then again I was probably 4 years old the first time those words came out of my mouth. Life is pretty good for a 4 year old. Easy to sing words about rain, wind and storms crashing down when the weight of your world revolves around Sesame Street. And the foolish man, well he was beyond my little thinking just seemed like a fun part of the song to crumble to the floor, especially since we had no trouble getting back up for a re-do.

Definitely past my 4 year old self now and totally get God’s message. In life, we will experience drenching rains, rising streams and strong winds aimed at tearing us down. Doesn’t matter if we are wise or foolish – storms don’t discriminate – they will come. Difference maker is really what we are standing on when it arrives – will we crumble or will we remain firmly planted?

Blessed to watch several friends going through the storm and standing strong. One was homeless and yet never gave up hope her God would come through. One is diagnosed with a rare cancer yet trusting her God for the impossible to come true. One is helplessly watching her son struggle yet clinging to the source of her strength. Brave courageous women and my list could go on and on.

Seem unreal, unlikely – no wise women are authentic emotion filled women who have built their life upon the solid rock of our God. Yes, there have been tears along the way and moments of desperation. There are certainly days when strength is gone, hair is lost and questions rank high. There are moments when depression and wrestling settle in. But the wise woman knows her God – she has planted herself firmly in His word and promises long before the storms began.

Unexpected happens every day. We’re moving through life unaware that rain is coming. And then the wind begins to pick up. The downpour comes and beats against everything we ever knew. It’s in these moments when unexpected offers us the opportunity to lean on our Rock, who is unmoveable, unshakeable and has unmistakeably proven His love for us. If our faith and trust is firmly planted in Him, we will not crumble or fall.

“Father, You have taught us well to preserve, press through and hold on tight to You. We may appear to be losing our grip, but You are cradling us in the palm of Your hands.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

 

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