Monday, March 8, 2010

When it rains...

Time is everything in life. There is a time to live and a time to die. There are are times that fly by. There are times when life stand stills. There is a time to be angry and there is a time to let it go. There is a time to run, there is time to face it. There is a time for drought, there is a time for rain. Sweet heavenly rain.

I think at the time, in whatever season we are in - the time we are going through is only preparation for the time that is to come.

Seems that I often find myself praying for God to burden my load, ease my pain, and direct me my paths. And by paths, I mean the easy path. Seems that He does the complete opposite - for I have realized that life is no where near easy, not now or probably ever. For the most part, I have a lived a wonderful life thus far. Have always had more than I ever needed. And have always felt loved. But it seems as lately, when it rains - it pours!

From my last post, only 5 short days ago - Allen and I have endured another loss (2 losses actually).

First, on Thursday afternoon I got a phone call from AB telling me that the travel trailer that we lived in last summer "Jayco" sadly burned down to the ground at AB's parents deer lease. No more Jayco. While living in that trailer, we had our share of problems & issues. But that trailer was also very sentimental to me & AB. I like to call it our "first home!" Living in "Jayco" with AB will be a time, I will NEVER forget! We have more stories and laughs from living in that trailer, than we do of anything thus far in our marriage. It was a time of happiness. It was a time of new beginnings.

Saturday morning, AB and I had a full day planned ahead. We hit up a local church garage sale where we left empty handed. Which I'm sure made AB happy! Garage sales aren't AB's thing. We were in the neighborhood of Cadee & Eric, so we drove up & Joe happened to be outside playing so we stopped by and played with Joe for a minute or two before heading off to on of our favorite breakfast spots. We had a wonderful breakfast and as we were getting ready to leave - we received "the call." Allen's grandmother left her earthly home and went to her heavenly home sometime Saturday morning. She was found very peaceful Saturday morning with the tv on the western channel. Her favorite! We rushed home, gather up our clothes & Reno and hit the road...back to Odem for our 4th time in less than 3 weeks. We spent the weekend with Allen's family and got home yesterday afternoon. Today, I took AB's suit to the cleaners and ran some other errands, have done an insane amount of laundry since I haven't had a chance to catch up in weeks, and we will once again hit the road after AB gets off work. The memorial service will be held tomorrow afternoon. While AB's grandmother was in an assisted living, she had been doing rather well. And getting the call that she was gone was so unexpected. Life once again threw a curve ball at us, at a time we were least expecting.

Just goes to prove...there is a time for everything. There are are times that fly by. There are times when life stand stills. There is a time to be angry and there is a time to let it go. There is a time to run, there is time to face it. There is a time to live and a time to die.

My friend, Loryn told me something on Saturday that continues to play back in my head. She told me that sometimes things happen all at once so you can get over it all at once. Which I had never thought about things that way. To know God loves me enough that He is willing to give me my burdens all at once - when I already am hurting, when I already am crying, when I am already allowing Him to carry me through my pain because I know and He knows I can't do it on my own. He also knows if I didn't have trials in this life, I wouldn't need Him. I wouldn't need Him to pick up the pieces or to calm the storms - for it is when it rains, He pours his everlasting love, grace, and peace upon me. He created us in his image...He created us to be over-comers. And how can we overcome, if we have nothing to overcome?

There's a time for everything...and everything on earth has it's special season.

"Sow yourself righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD, that he may come and RAIN righteousness upon you." Hosea 10:12

It seems when it rains, it pours...isn't all that bad, after all. Rain often brings dark, cloudy days but the best thing about when it rains, we know the sun will soon appear. And when it does, there will be showers of blessings and we will be refreshed, just as the ground is refreshed after a much needed rain. I love that the Hosea scripture says "break up your fallow ground..." not the follow but your fallow ground. And I think He is essentially saying "break up your dry, unused soul...and prepare for what is the Lord has in store for us"

In Ezekiel 34:26, the Lord tells us "I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing"

So while it has been raining or pouring on us lately, I believe God is preparing our hearts for the showers of blessing that is to come.

"In the season of rain – still – pray for rain. Presume nothing; take nothing for granted; treasure everything." Lisa Jo, The Gypsy Mama

I hope next time you're caught in the have the chance to experience His righteousness. Look up and know the rain will not last forever. For He is just waiting to shower you with the umbrella of life, His umbrella. But also doing that storm, be thankful for the clouds that loom overhead because that rain only means He is preparing your heart for the blessings to come. At the end of every rainbow, there’s a promise proven true.


  1. Google alerts me anytime someone uses my blog name and can I just say how very, very glad I am that it led me to your post? Because it was a refreshing blessing for me to read this morning. A reminder that our fallow ground shouldn't be ignored, but rather prepared for the Lord to rain onto. Those Scripture really spoke to my heart and blessed me this morning. Thank you so much. And I pray that you will find fresh showers of blessing in the midst of even your hardest moments.


  2. I am praying for you Nancy. I don't have too much to say. But, I love you and am thinking of you all the time. Let's have dinner again, soon.