Sep 25 2014

Verse for the Day:  Deuteronomy 32:1-4 “Listen, O heavens, and I will speak! Hear, O earth, the words that I say! 2 Let my teaching fall on you like rain; let my speech settle like dew. Let my words fall like rain on tender grass, like gentle showers on young plants. 3 I will proclaim the name of the LORD; how glorious is our God! 4 He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is!(NLT)

Fall in the Rocky Mountains, as far as I'm concerned there is nothing better. The colors are changing, the air is crisp, and afternoon rain showers are common. Our cabin is several hundred yards off one of the main county roads SW of Lake City. This county road sees lots of traffic throughout the summer as it is one of the main access roads for what is called the Scenic Byway part of the Alpine Loop. From this road you can connect to many other roads and trails that have some of the most beautiful scenery in SW Colorado. But with all that traffic the dust comes; lots and lots of dust at times. 

Why am I telling you this? Well early this morning as I slept in my bed I was woken by the sound of rain hitting our metal roof, so I got up and I started to think how sweet the sound and how amazing the smell of the falling rain was. As I sit here writing this devotion waiting for the sun to come, which is still several hour away, listening to the rain coming down sometimes gently and sometimes with force I am once again reminded of Gods great love for us. Not only does the rain sound sweet and smell good, I also know it will bring a cleansing-washing of all the dust grime and other impurities on the trees, other vegetation and structures in the area that has built up.  I also can't help but think about the storms that come to us throughout our life time sometimes gentle, sometimes with great force. Some storms last only a short time and are gone quickly, while others may last what seems to be a life time. 

The important thing we must remember when God sends us a rain storm in our life is that it’s not meant to punish us but to wash us and purify us from our grime and dirt that we have allowed to build up in our lives. Just like the rain cleanses off all the dust and makes things look new and fresh God uses storms in our lives as a way to restore, refresh, and build our faith and helps us to see the need for His amazing Love and Grace.

While some storms may not be pleasant and are hard to deal with at times, we must remember when we persevere and stay the course that God has laid out for us, the clouds will go away and the sun will once again shine. And as the SON begins to shine once again in your life you will be able to appreciate what The Lord has done for you. 

So ask yourself this question: Do I complain or curse God when the rain storms of life come your way or do you rejoice and praise The Lord knowing that something better is on the way? I truly believe that most of the storms we face in life are not for our benefit but for the benefit our family, friends, co-worker and others. You see, I believe God wants us to use our rain storms as a way to witness to others about His great love for us. God wants you to share how He helped bring you through your storm and back into the Son Light.

Well, as I begin to see a hint of light this morning the rain has begun to slow. I can still see gray skies above and that's alright because I know, while I may not know what this day holds, I do know Who holds this day. So let it rain, let it snow, let the sun shine I will praise The Lord for “This is the day the Lord has made. We (I) will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

PS: Now that it’s light enough to see there is a dusting of snow on the mountain peaks. Wow! What amazing beauty I see, the snow capped peaks are surrounded by yellow, orange and red aspen leafs. It's just another reminder that even in the midst of storms you can find beauty and peace if you will only open your eyes to God's Grace and Love and allow Him to guide your steps through the storm.