Blessings

“And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.”

Ezekiel 34:26

I have lived in the desert for most of my life, minus only four years. I really do not know a whole lot differently, but I love Arizona and I am grateful to live here. I can see the beautiful desert and mountains from my office window, and it is as beautiful to me as some would view the ocean. I always loved a cloudy day, and I still do. I guess we get so much sun that a cloudy day is a welcome sight. I remember splashing around in the rain on school days and playing “Thumbs Up Seven Up” while having recess indoors. I know some who dislike the rain, but I love to run it like I did as a little kid, and there is nothing like seeing a beautiful rainbow paint the sky and taking deep breaths of fresh air. I am not sure I would want the sunny days to go away as I like those too, but I am always thankful when the clouds roll in and the rains come.

On my trip to Israel, I heard something I had never heard before. I had sung songs in church about showers of blessings, and I always thought of them as God showering blessings upon me. As a kid, I thought of earthly possession of things I wanted being showered upon me, but I never thought of the rain as a blessing in itself. We had a tour guide who referred to rain as “blessings”, which I had never heard anyone say before. Some complain about the rain, others dread it, and some are thankful. I am in the group who is thankful for the rain, and I now see it as a blessing, especially in the desert.

The children of Israel endured times of famine in which there was no rain, which meant no food. They spent days, months and even years without rain, and they cried unto God to open the clouds as they depended so much on it. We take for granted our canal systems and our abundance of food, and we forget how dependent we are on almighty God. We forget about the literal blessing of the rain and the many other blessings bestowed upon us by our wise and good Creator. We forget how much of a blessing the rain is to us, just as we forget that every beat of our heart is dependent on Him. We may see that our plans are ruined by the rain, but we really would have no plans if it were not for the rain. God’s provision comes in many ways and there is nothing more evident to us when the clouds become grey and water penetrates the sky and drops on our earth.

Have you considered the showers of blessings God has given you? Are you quick to complain about the rain or are you thankful for the precious drops He allows to fall? Do you take time to thank Him for the many blessings He has given you in your life? There is nothing that changes the attitude we have like thanking Him for what He bestows upon us moment by moment and day by day. He provides each beat of the heart, the mouth to give praise, and precious life as each newborn enters the world. Life is sustained by our Creator, even the very drops that fall on our head and on the fields of the earth. May we lift up our voice in thanks when the rain comes, and may we never forget the Source of all that is good.

There shall be showers of blessing:
  This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
  Sent from the Savior above.

Showers of blessing,
  Showers of blessing we need;
Mercy-drops round us are falling,
    But for the showers we plead.

-Daniel Webster Whittle

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