Winter Rains

As surely as the sun rises,
    he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains, 
    like the spring rains that water the earth (Hosea 6:3, NIV).

The back patio was littered this morning with shriveled earthworms. Last night’s rain was heavy. One thing you can count on here in Costa Rica is the rain. There is a short period of dry time during July, but after that, the rain returns with regularity.

The Israelites knew the same thing. They acknowledged their disloyalty to God and knew that His return was as certain as the spring and winter rains. The seasonal rains were a sign of God’s favor on Israel (Deut. 11:13-15).

My frustration with the winter rain involves the battle to find enough sunlight hours to get the laundry dry. I know that I have to get the laundry off the line sometime before noon. I’ve cut it too close a couple of times and made the mad dash with clothespins flying. The clothes have to be rehung on the rack inside. More likely than not, they don’t dry. They get a sour smell and I have to start all over the next day.

My relationship with God is like this at times. I know my day will go better if I spend more time with Him. Some mornings I hit the ground running. It’s sad to think we can be too busy to even make time for God. Ever had one of those days where nothing seems to go right? You want/need a do-over. I’d much rather be prepared so when the rains come, I can bask in the downpour. Sometimes I find myself scrambling, seeking shelter in His arms, feeling like a shriveled worm because I don’t want to face what I think may be too hard or unpleasant.

Now that the rains have returned, I often find myself humming or singing parts of “You’ll Come” by Hillsong.

As surely as the sun will rise
You’ll come to us
As certain as the dawn appears

You’ll come
Let your glory fall
As you respond to us
Spirit rain
Flood into our 
Thirsty hearts again

This song helps refocus my mind and mood. I can be as fickle as the Israelites. But for now, I’ll concentrate on getting the newly finished load of laundry hung out on the clothesline while the sun is shining. Glad to know I can do it with a song in my heart this morning.

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