People have mixed feelings about rain. Some depend on it to water their plants, lawn, etc. or to simply cool things down. Others look at the rain as something that is a messy inconvenience. When it’s raining you may even hear people make negative remarks about the rainy weather. We also hear it used in association with statements of misfortune, like when it rains on someone’s wedding day.
The reality is that rain is not a negative element nor is it a misfortune. Rain is a sign that it is your season for increase, both in the natural and in the Spiritual.
Leviticus 26:4 NIV says that “I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit.”
Rain and every form of water from the heavens were created purposefully for the earth and specifically to sustain it.
At first it may seem that rain is dampening. And for sure it is. In order for rain to have it’s effects there is a saturation period. And that may not feel so nice. If you’ve ever looked at the soil when it rains or when you water a plant, depending on the density of the soil, it may look like the water is drowning the base of the plant, but that is only temporary. You’d also notice that the bigger, taller, more mature and the more grounded that the trees are, is the harder or denser that the ground is, which affects how quickly the water is absorbed. So it takes the water a bit longer to seep into the ground. Potted plants that are weaker, smaller, much shorter and way more fragile, you’d notice that within seconds the water is making it’s way out through the holes in the bottom of the planter or flower pot because the water flows more freely through less dense soil.
Sometimes we look at our situation and some of the things in our life that we considered great blessings from God, as time goes on, eventually comes to a point where we begin to feel like we’re drowning. We try to stand strong, stay alert, pray, but the drowning that seemed to overwhelm us in one main area, so quickly begins it’s process of affecting Every area of our lives as it reaches each of our deep roots that sometimes ranges far and wide. This process for us can seem like forever and makes us realize that there is no place that the water of the Lord cannot reach.
And guess what? Sometimes as soon as we absorb all that saturation here comes another downpour before we can bearly catch our breath.
My Lord. God has just answered my prayers, blessings are falling. But wait, now it’s saturation time again. Can I take this much water? I’m overwhelmed. I’m drowning again. It’s affecting everything again. Everyone looks at me like I’m so blessed, so favored. Some even desire to be in my shoes. I can’t eat, I can’t sleep; The water is up to my neck, but I remain trusting in the Lord because I know that the water will subside.
Finally, It’s fully absorbed now. I feel stronger, I can stand up straighter now. I feel renewed. I’m budding, I’m noticing new gifts, new talents, I’m learning new things, I’m building, I’m spreading my wings. Wow, this feels incredible. Life is really flourishing for me. This is a great season. Look at my seeded fruit that is growing out of me. It makes me proud to say that I am a recipient of God’s blessings, of his Grace, of his Mercy, of his Favor. Indeed I feel like a child of the King.
Then, the ah-ha moment comes. Trees don’t eat their own fruit. It is reserved for those who pick the fruit; The Sower and the Eater.
Isaiah 55:10 NIV says “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,”
Isaiah 55 continues to say in verse 11-12 NIV, “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”
God has sent the rain just as he sent the word from his mouth. It pours out, it saturates, it enriches, it brings increase and it is fruitful. [God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.”] Genesis 1:28 NIV.
Prepare your soil in anticipation of the rain. You were built to survive the saturation, you were made to flourish.
Is it your season? What’s your rain outlook?