My husband has a $30 radar app on his iPhone. We live in the land of hurricanes, so we keep a watchful eye on the weather. In the summer, it rains every day here — usually just about the time I am getting ready to pack up my stuff and head home from work. If I time it just right, I can jump into the car when it’s still sprinkling and avoid getting soaked. I put my windshield wipers on high and clench the steering wheel for dear life as I slowly inch home in heavy traffic on the wet turnpike.
Some days, it’s just dark out, but the rain never comes. I have a fancy dancy blue tooth ear bud, so I call my Cubans on the 30 minute drive home with hands still firmly in control of the vehicle. My abuelos live south of me, and in their old age they’ve become fearful of the rain — even though they never leave the house. “Is it raining there?” my grandfather will ask in Spanish. I usually say “not much” (even if it’s a deluge) so that he won’t worry. He will lament that it’s been pouring at his house all day, and so I will tell him to stay inside where it is nice and dry.
The truth is we haven’t had a serious hurricane in these parts in close to a decade. You’d never know it though — because some people have kept their storm shutters up and live in a dark prison of a house.
Fear of an impending storm can paralyze you. I was reminded of this earlier this week when I read Diane’s Facebook status: “Once again, lots of thunder and no rain.”
I spend way too much time thinking about how the rain might fall on my parade. I fear for my family. I fear for my health. I wonder what will happen if the sky falls down. I envision gloom and doom ahead in my forecast. But, the truth is that most days, it’s just a little thunder, and no rain. The truth is that rain is not permanent — it’s just passing through. The truth is that my Father controls the wind and the rain. He is Lord of the storm.
I don’t want to hide inside when it’s a little cloudy outside. Lord, help me to open up the windows and let the light in. Help me to walk forward with the wind at my back and eyes lifted firmly toward the heavens.
God’s thunder sets the oak trees dancing
A wild dance, whirling; the pelting rain strips their branches.
We fall to our knees—we call out, “Glory!”
Above the floodwaters is God’s throne
from which His power flows,
from which He rules the world.
God makes His people strong.
God gives His people peace.
Psalms 29:9-11, MSG
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