Friday, March 02, 2007
The Sun Always Comes Out Again
Yesterday it got into the low 50's. We had an overcast day with wind and rain, so it did not feel like 50. It rained a very hard steady rain in the evening. We went to a friend's house to celebrate a birthday. Just walking to your car was enough time to soak you through and through. Today, the sun is shining. The sky is a beautiful SPRING blue with white puffy clouds. The wind is very strong today. Some of the gusts are up to 45 MPH. It blew over my birdbath which is a very heavy cement one. You can see that in the last picture above. The only snow left after yesterday is where it drifted up, or was plowed into a pile. You can also see that our pond is very full. It is a bit flooded on the end that you see on the right. Also, you can see that one of the goats finally ventured out of their pen. They do not like to be out in the rain at all.
So many times when trials and hard times come in life they come in multiples. People say, "When it rains it pours." The first one hits us and we wobble a bit. Then wham, along comes another and another. It feels like we won't make it. With the Lord on our side, we always do. We are usually a bit wiser for it as well. The Son shines into our heart and we continue on until that next time it rains. When hard times come we need to ask the Lord what we are to learn through them. Ask Him to use it for all that can be gained in our life by it. Even in the trial, we can have peace...
Php 4:6,7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
That word careful in the verse above means anxious. What are you anxioius for? I am anxious sometimes over really dumb things. =) However, God's Word tells me to be anxious for nothing. I am a visual learner. I learn best if I see things or can make a word picture in my mind. In looking up the words in the verse, the part that says shall keep your hearts and mind is a military term. It means a garrison or fort. So, if I start to get anxious, I need to go to the Lord in prayer, thank Him for the trial and what it will teach me and then He will put my mind and heart into His fort and keep it through Jesus. WOW!!!! I am protected in that fort. I can see the walls so tall and strong and encompassing. Ahhhh.... then I feel the peace, because if God is for me, who can be against me? Isn't that exciting!?!?!?!?!?