Rain, delicious, cooling, nourishing, sparkling, cleansing, sustaining, essential. What other adjectives can be used to describe rain? Just plain have to have it and it provides unique joy in our lives. My flowers are suffering because of the intense heat and the absence of rain that gives unequaled refreshment and nourishment. My best efforts of dragging the hose around to give the artifical water just keeps them going not flourishing. The difference after a rain is phonemonal and can only be achieved by the heavenly water pouring down. A gift, an underserved gift, an unexpected gift, an unequaled gift, a unique gift. The gift from the Lord that changes our environment!!
What is that gift from the Lord that changes my perspective on my circumstance? Is it my ability to see all of the gifts He has and does give even in the difficult, awkward, devistating events that I experience. Do I see the gifts? Or do I push the gifts to the back of my heart and focus on the circumstance? Alas, I confess I have and do. The gift of a grateful heart is there to choose and to often I make the choice to set it aside as I wallow in my circumstance. Father, give me the gift of spiritual rain on my soul so that I experience the phonemonal difference of a grateful heart! My I not choose to drag around the hose of my circumstance but experience the Heavenly Water of your Gift to me. "Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of in early spring." Hosea 6:3