Today is a rainy day, and I don’t mean that figuratively. It is literally pouring down rain. My daughter loves to play outside. She loves swinging on the swing set, running in the yard, and now that it is summer, swimming. She isn’t happy about the rain. Can you tell?  gracephoto

As I sit here typing she is staring out the window just watching the rain fall while wishing the sun was shining. Personally, I love a warm summer rain. The rain from God makes the flowers beautiful and strong.

When we are going through a metaphorical rain in our lives, God usually works the same way. He sends healing properties straight from above to give us exactly what we need during our stormy season. We have the ability to grow stronger than ever during the hard times.

This morning I spent some time reading Numbers chapters 11. The Israelites were complaining. They wanted meat instead of manna. God was displeased and so was Moses. He was almost ready to break.

Numbers 11:11-14

So Moses said to the Lord, “Why have You afflicted Your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You have laid the burden of all these people on me? 12 Did I conceive all these people? Did I beget them, that You should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a guardian carries a nursing child,’ to the land which You swore to their fathers? 13 Where am I to get meat to give to all these people? For they weep all over me, saying, ‘Give us meat, that we may eat.’ 14 I am not able to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me. 15 If You treat me like this, please kill me here and now—if I have found favor in Your sight—and do not let me see my wretchedness!” (N.K.J.V.)

 In some small way I can relate to Moses. Can you? There are times I feel like everybody needs something from me. I’m working hard to bear burdens and live a right life only to be frustrated when I cannot provide answers. Guess what? The answers aren’t for me to provide. They are for God to provide. And He knows exactly what to do. There are times He gives us all the manna we need and we demand meat before His appointed season to deliver it.

Later in verse 23 after Moses asked very specific questions pertaining to how the Lord was planning to provide, the Lord asked Moses a question, “Has the Lord’s arm been shortened?”

See, we think we need all the answers right now. Yet, God reassures us that His arm is NOT short and we need to wait on Him.

Faith and trust in something we cannot see is difficult and frustrating but we must learn to be content within the rain. If you are in the midst of a rainy season, cast your cares on Him. Eventually, the sunshine will come…
Hope in Him!

I’m linking up today with the lovely Crystal Stine.


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