The smell of my fresh baked muffins are wafting through the house and I write this, snuggled in my hoodie, sitting on my bed, listening to the rain pouring outside. A lot of people complain that Oregon rains ‘too much’, but I love it. Maybe because I’m a true Oregonian. Or maybe because I learned to love it from an early age. Or may because one of the mottos I’ve come to live by is: If you can’t change it, learn to love it. (That is only applicable in certain circumstances, of course).
I think rain can be so much more than just water falling from the sky. It can be a way of relief. The sound can lull you to sleep. Rain waters the earth and helps new life spring from the ground. Rain washes and makes things clean.
Every year on my birthday, I choose a specific verse that I feel God wants me to learn, and that will be applicable to my life that year. For my 19th birthday, I chose this verse:
‘Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us. He has wounded us, but He will bandage us up. He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day that we may live before Him. So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain that waters the earth.’
- Hosea 6:1-3 -
This passage has already had an impact on my life, but there are certain parts about it that hold great significance to me. I will write future posts about these verses, but for right now, let’s focus on verse three.
‘He will come to us like the rain...’
How does rain come? Sometimes it begins with just a few drops, then gradually increases. Sometimes it comes down in torrents, bucketfuls of water. And sometimes it comes as a mist, warm and refreshing. But what do all these have in common with each other?
No matter how the rain falls or what it falls on, it makes everything wet. Whatever the rain touches will be washed, cleaned, sparkling with water droplets.
And that’s how Hosea describes God ‘coming to us’. Like rain. Rain that waters the earth. He is the living water that quenches our thirst. He is the water that cleanses our spirits. He is the refresher of our souls.
While it’s raining, we may not understand why or what it’s accomplishing, but afterwards, when the sun comes out, when there are rainbows gracing the skies, we can see that after the rain, comes the beauty. Flowers start to blossom, everywhere you look has water droplets on it, fresh and beautiful. The same is with God’s work in our lives. We may not understand what He’s doing amidst the pain and trials, but when we look back on the road we’ve traveled, we’ll see how He has washed us and grown us.
Trust Him. Learn to love the rain.
‘Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.’
- Ezekiel 36:25