Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Lessons from the garden: Part 2...

It may sound strange, but I enjoy a rainy day once in a while! It's fun to stay inside, cuddle, read a book, and drink a warm cup of coffee! I also really love listening to a summer storm in the middle of the night! However, I do get a little stir crazy after days and days of rain. I start wishing for some warm sunshine to break through the clouds. We teach our children that God created rain to help the plants grow and flourish. Rain is NECESSARY for the health of plants!
I think that the same is true in our lives. It is vital that storms come into our life in order for us to grow! Does that sound harsh? Think about the benefits of hard circumstances in our life:

*We are driven to search the scripture for answers to our problems.
*We spend an increased amount of time in prayer for wisdom in those storms.
*We are forced to stop and admit our reliance on an Almighty God.

These are just a few outcomes of difficulties in our life, but all of them lead to one thing: Spiritual Growth! Just as a summer rainstorm is essential to healthy plants, life's storms are important for our continued growth in Christ. Remember, however, that we have an all-powerful God to run to in time of need and struggle. He promises to be our safety and haven through the inevitable storms of life. Rest in Him!

Psalm 4:8, " I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. "

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Adam Pereira said...

Great post! This is very true. Thanks for sharing.

singedwingangel said...

How true how true. And notice how hard it is sometimes to stay in our storm especially when God uses it to break us down some more, get to some deeply buried stuff that we may not want to deal with..

Anonymous said...

Again, so refreshing. I LOVE your blog!

Ohhhh the seasons in our lives. Just went through a very very stormy season myself...kind of still in it. Just been hit so hard financially because of this horrid economy. I was almost withered completely, but the Lord is raining on my soul now.

I love the smell of rain, is refreshing and calming...just like his Hand in our lives.

Bravo! Another wonderfully blessed post!


Kristina said...

Rachel! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog to say hi and for the encouragement!

I have been so blessed by stopping in at yours! Keep up the good work.

Summit was great and Margaret Feinberg delivered another amazing message. Have you read any of her books?

Thanks for such a great post!

Muthering Heights said...

Very true!!

SomeGirl said...

This is your best post I've read so far! I LOVE it and couldn't agree with it more! Some of my SWEETEST times with the Lord have been in the "rain." Thanks for making me remember that! ♥ Michelle

LuvtheWord said...

I needed this reminder today, and it makes me more likely to be thankful for the challenges ... yes, I needed this today. :)
~ Julie

Sheri said...

I found your link on Real Life. I love this, and I really needed to "hear" it right now. We are in a stormy season right now, and it is hard to have faith that the sun will shine again. But I know He has a plan, and that I will come out of this season stronger. Day by day, that's all we can do.

Thank you!