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Friday, August 3, 2018


It’s Raining – Again!
Pastor B.J. Knefley

I suppose that it doesn’t matter when you’re reading this, it’s probably raining where you are. Looking at the ten-day local weather report doesn’t show much sunshine in the days ahead. It feels more like the Northwest than it does the Northeast. Yet as much as we might not like the weather, complaining and grumbling won’t change it. Such it is with life too.

Gloomy rainy days seem to be normal at different times of the year. Most of us experience these weather changes as part and parcel to living in the Northeast. We’ve all heard April showers bring May flowers, and so we understand that this too shall pass, and the sun will shine again. It reminds me of life in that into every life there comes gloomy days. Sometimes it seems that we go through one storm after another. Some have stated that they have felt that a black cloud of doom followed them from day to day and week to week. But generally, like the seasons, these difficult periods of life pass and life does get better and the sun begins to shine again. I like to use different slogans to keep me focused. I am often reminded that life happens while we’re making other plans. I also try to remember that whatever I’m going through in the moment will some day pass. And perhaps the most important one is to remember that my life is not affected by what happens to me, but rather by how I react to what happens to me. I am reminded that the rain falls upon the good and the bad. The Book of Ecclesiastes explores life and determines that in the end the duty of man is to fear God and keep his commandments, (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). What does that mean for you and I? I believe that we need to put life in its proper perspective, which is that we each have been created for and with a purpose. Life, like it or not happens; and it is not a respecter of persons. Sometimes it’s good; sometimes it’s bad. Like the rain, it comes; and sometimes we get more than we planned for. But as the rain causes new growth, so do the storms of life. What we learn through the storms of life cannot be learned in any other way. The problem is not the storm; it’s our view of the storm. Think about it.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Why should you fear God? isn't he suppose to love you no matter what you do or who you are?