Saturday, June 12, 2010

Rain from Heaven, by Patty Mason

“Be glad, O people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you autumn rains in righteousness. He has send you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before”
(Joel 2:23).

It has rained literally for six days, at times quite hard. The grey skies, with their bleak facade, covered the earth with a blanket of drab folly. Everything looked dismal and gloomy. The trees, their branches heavy with water, drooped, as if tired of bearing the weight of the burden pouring down on them. Since new homes are going up on my street, the seedless ground turns quickly to mud, then flows like a mucky river through the street. Will it ever stop raining? The question plagued my mind as the endless stream of water dropped from a hazy covered canopy.

All too often, days of endless rain appear in my life as unseen circumstances flood my world. I don’t always like the rain. As in the days of Noah and the flood, the abundance of water can make me feel like I am drowning. Sometimes, as God commands the heavens to open over my life, I feel just like the trees, overcome by the heaviness of my circumstances. But, when I am focused on God, resting in His presence, and standing on His Word, I am not washed away like the muddy river flowing down the street.

When the heavens open to pour out His rain, it can be a good thing if I let it. As the manna from heaven feeds my weary soul, my hampered life turns into a spiritual garden, a lush green meadow. God promises to send the rains, both autumn and spring rains will come. In every season of life there will be rain. The question is: How will we respond? We can either open wide our mouths to receive what the Lord is pouring over us, or we can take out an umbrella in a poor attempt to stay dry. When the rain comes, let’s see it as a good thing. Let’s see it as a time of refreshing as His water pours from heaven to feed and nurture our souls.

Author Bio

I am a wife and mother who is madly and passionately in love with Jesus. Everything I have had the privilege to write, share, or teach is a direct result of my love affair with Jesus. As a writer, speaker, Bible teacher, and women’s ministry leader I love sharing Jesus. I enjoy helping others know Him in a richer, more intimate way. As the Founder of Liberty in Christ Ministries, God has given me the opportunity to share His love with women, of all ages, through Sisters on Assignment, Women in Christian Media, Christian TV,, and as a weekly co-host of WLGT Blog Radio Live.



What do you yearn for? What are the longings that you ache to fill? What have you kept buried within your soul that needs to be uncovered? The journey of a lifetime begins with desire. Desire that will stir your heart and awaken your soul. Desire that will thrust your life into new levels of meaning and purpose. God longs for you to open your heart and mind. To ask—seek—knock, to take a journey of longing and desire. God has implanted desires within you, let them come alive with new life and love. Dare to dream; dare to embrace the truest desires of your heart. Dare to answer the question: What are the desires of my heart?


Jessica Dotta said...

Patty, I'm so glad to feature you on Novel Journey. Transformed by Desire is one of the best journeys I've ever under gone.

I have recommended it to every one I know, and hope that Novel Journey readers will consider it as well!

Thank you so much for the devotional!

Gina Holmes said...

Can't wait to read this book.

Ane Mulligan said...

Patty, I am definitely going to get this book right after I post this comment. Jessica has effused over it for so long that I have to know what's in it! She says it changed her life and her faith. That's exciting!