Looking through the window of raindrops. Something is happening in the sky and rain comes down. I have heard it said it is drops of blessings. God knows we need the rain to keep things growing and we have wisdom prepare for days with drops.
I am reminded this morning of a Bible story my granddaughter (Brookley) heard at 3 years old. Her first story she retained on the first Sunday morning class for her age. I thought it was a new friend she made named Roxanne, but turns out to be this story:
Matthew 7:24-27 New International Version (NIV)
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
RAINDROPS of LIFE ~
Brookley was telling us the story of Roxanne. Keep in mind she was 3 years old and began telling of when the rain came and the wind blew. She said, "Build your house on the rock not the sand". She even used her hand motions her teachers Amy and Karen showed the class. This story stays alive in her head and mine as Roxanne. She is now 7 years old and we take time to talk about this. Building your life upon the rock (Jesus) and going to him in prayer is important. It is also important to do the right thing in life and share hope with others.
I can tell you stories of many raindrops in my life which wasn't good. I cried so much and I tried so hard to understand the why of things. I didn't understand then and I don't fully understand now, except it was the plan of God. The Bible also speaks of a season for all things. You can read about that in Ecclesiastes Chapter 3.
You have choices daily to replay somethings you can not change or change the things you can! I am not saying it's easy, because it is not always easy. Those rain tears flow from your eyes and your heart beats faster than you could ever imagine. Life is short and we are not promises today. We experience accidents, sudden changes and things we can not control. Giving it all to Jesus is my heart. I take that deep breathe and I pray. I ask, I seek and I knock, but I often have to wait. The seasons change and the rain stops and the sun comes out again. Days gone by wasted on thinking too much and not trusting God enough. It's a daily choice my friend, what we think upon and what we do.
Rain tears continue as life goes on. We see a new normal and we never wanted that new normal at all. It is my life and my story of unwritten words on a page. My heart pounds as I see hurting people. People who question why did I have to go through this, there this is just too hard. Rain tears inside my heart while a smile appears on the outside. No it's not okay that this happen to me or to you, but is okay to breathe again and trust God bigger than ever.
I heard that change comes in the morning. A refreshing time to talk to God for me and write you. The only answer I have is this, I have chosen to trust God through it all. Yes, through the rain tears of life and through the window that raindrops run down. I know that a brighter day is coming and I know today is full of choices.
I do care about the readers of my blog, I seriously pray for you, your family and friends. I might not know your name, but I know that God does. I know that he is working all things out and sending you hope this day. A new day to count blessings of what we do have in life and know that rain tears move on and there will be times they come back. In those times, remind yourself to set your life on the foundation of God and he is that ROCK of life.
Don't be like the foolish man in the story above and build your life on the sand. It's like waves that washes out all your faith, trust, hope and joy. God wants you to be solid in him and trust beyond a human understanding. The Bible also speaks of faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Listen to his words today and read mine as I write you. This day was meant for your life. You have choices of what you do within this one day.
I remember being 18 years old when my day went to Heaven. I was so angry, sad and mad at God. Asking why every night as I watched my mom with rain tears. Too many tears to count and crying out to God to die. I truly felt I lost my dad and my mom on that day. My mom stopped living and kept replaying that day for 40 years. That day turned into years that changed my life and my story continues. I had to let go of the anger over time, but it took time for me. I made a choice one day to serve God with all my heart and yet I failed him. I learned to get back up again and here I am writing you.
I look back today to learn from my own choices and to let it help others. I do still have rain tears that just come suddenly out of my eyes, but I have a peace within my heart now. I know that building my life on the rock Jesus was meant to be. I know that my dad's death was God's timing no matter what I think. I know that God's word is true and I must except all of it and not part of it.
RAINDROPS OF LIFE ~
Are real and we build our life upon the rock
Daily I put God's word into action. I love from the middle of my heart and I learn to guard my heart. I hope this day you will see you are loved, cherished by others and know that God loves you big. Build your life on the rock (Jesus) and when those rain tears come, God will wipe them away. When the storms of life seem to not stop, they will and the sun will come out again. God's blessings are in your life, just see what you do have this day.
My prayers continue for those who are in the middle of their tears today and need a little hope. This message today is filled with hope and I will forever remember Roxanne's story!