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Thursday, November 22nd, '18

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RAINDROPS

"Hath the rain a father?" (Job 38:28)

 

Who sires the raindrop? At some time or another every person gets squeezed through life's oil press. Inside the olive berry there is a tear, a raindrop, a pain-drop. But that tear is the principle ingredient that produces the anointing oil. We comfort others with the same comfort by which we are comforted of God (2 Corinthians 1:4). It is the juice of the crushed grape that ferments into the connoisseur's delight. The same with rain that quenches the thirsts of field and garden. Rain comes through stratospheric pressures, collisions of warm fronts and cold. We question those collisions. Why does God allow heartache, why the blanketing aloneness? Like rain on a windshield tears tend to distort vision. Little makes sense in that hour. In the case of a rainstorm you get wet; in a pain-storm you just hurt.

 

I've watched lightning strike the central plains, followed by gushing heavens, wondered why then remembered the prayer, "Give us this day our daily bread..." Wheat fields beg rain. It is all part of the cycle, "If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth" (Ecclesiastes 11:3). Yes, rain has a father, the Heavenly Father. What appears a catastrophe of soil erosion and washed out bridges actually is the replenishing of something lacking. We cry as we create. The greatest works of art have birthed from emotion. The greatest message rises out of the greatest mess.

 

The first after-effect of emotional rain is often numbness. Sometimes the catharsis is instantly stimulating. It feels good to take a bath on the inside. But other emotional devastation leaves us standing numb, even standing dumb. Love ripped from one's hands, the hearse driving away with everything you dreamed of packed neatly in a box. Many know how you feel and hurt with you. Tears are a common lot. Somewhere on this planet it is raining right now. Just remember that "all things work together for good to them that love God" and that "they that sow in tears shall reap in joy" (Psalm 126:5).

 

The Shulamite girl in the Bible drama spoke by faith, "The rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth..." (Song of Solomon 2:11,12) The sun does come out after the storm. On occasion God paints big O-rings in splendid color, but they are only semi-circles because the painting can't be completed right yet. When rainbows follow raindrops hope and goodness are easier things to believe in. Job was asked this text question about the rain having a father. The storm nearly washed all the ground from beneath him. Yet Job confessed, "I know my redeemer liveth!" and he went out on the limb of faith and said, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him". It was a happy ending. It was a right ending. I wish I could script the grand ending for you that hurt, or for myself as well. But because I don't have God's wisdom I would probably script all sunshine and sunsets and leave out the rain. That would eventually turn life into a desert. No, God has every hair on our heads numbered, as well, every raindrop. Pharmacists and master chefs and artists know just how much of this and how much of that to put into their compounds. Tears are a necessary part of the composition. It won't rain forever, "The rain is over and gone", yes, someday, but don't miss the blooming flowers for watching gloomy weather reports. Somehow, some way, Hope hopes, it will be all right.


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