Nothing But Rain

This past Friday the Atlanta area got an early December surprise, SNOWFALL! I realize that people in more northern climates are used to frequent snow so it doesn’t make the headlines like it does down south.  But in our area, where it’s not unusual to have several years with no frozen precipitation at all, a dusting of snow is cause for lots of attention (especially from the suddenly self-important meteorologists). Normally in the south, the weather forecasters are seen as Doppler-radar-reading prophets as they herald impending doom and traffic jams anytime there’s the slightest possibility for the white stuff, but this time there was barely a mention of it, let alone accurately predicting the 6 to 8 inches that blanketed some areas of the city.

As people around the Metro area awoke to a sky filled with puffy cascading flakes, social media began to fill with frenzied pictures of snowmen, kids playing on improvised sleds, and tons of toboggan-and-glove-wearing adventures who were suddenly off from work and free to play. It wasn’t too much longer until friends and family members living west of us were texting pictures of their houses, yards and neighborhood that were fast becoming visions resembling Christmas card scenes.

So my kids and I waited. And waited. All day long we anticipated a dip in temperatures that would bring a fresh, clean winter blanket to our house. But outside our windows … rain. No frosty winter surprise. Just cold, soaking, miserable rain.

I wonder, have you found yourself in a similar -but much more serious- situation? Are you surrounded by the excitement and joy of others while all you’re experiencing is a cold soaking rain of disappointment? How are you to push forward in faith, when the hours morph into days as you continue to find yourself in the same murky situation?

Into these frustrated longings, God whispers a reassuring reminder…

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor 12:9

And you know, sometimes that has to be enough. Because, the reality of the Christian life… and of life in general… is that we don’t always get to see the earthly reality of fulfilled expectations.

But we do get grace.

And although we can’t always see how at the moment, grace really is enough.

Because … grace does not exist apart from Jesus.

He’s the One who gives us the ability to keep going in extreme situations. And He is the only One who can keep us steadfast when the freezing rains of adversity or the chilling cold of our personal winter rages against us. Instead of blaming the Lord for our circumstances or retreating into despair, we need to learn to take our honest and real pain to Him, and to choose to receive the grace that only He gives… not because anything outside our windows change … but because He changes us and blankets us in a love that never disappoints.

Grace and peace be yours in abundance
through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
2 Peter 1:2


19 thoughts on “Nothing But Rain

  1. Karen, this is a beautiful post; especially around Christmas time, when many didn’t receive that anticipated bonus, or got the flu, or hoped for a family member to call. God cares, and He’s watching over His children. Jesus is enough!

  2. Thank you sweet friend for your beautifully written words. Such an encouragement to me in my season of life. Keeping this one bookmarked for those days I need to rest in the Lord and let His grace wash over me and fill my soul. You bless me every time with your beautiful talent of the written word.

  3. So beautifully written, Karen. Such truth. Thank you for sharing. — And, I’m sorry the snow bypassed y’all. As someone who grew up in FL, I totally get that disappointment. ((hug))

    1. Yeah… rain is no fun… physically or spiritually. But this time it was worth it b/c it gave me a reminder to be content in all things. Thanks Brenda!

  4. He controls it all. We really have it so backwards don’t we. We are here to glorify Him! His grace is abundant to His. Thanks for your visit. Merry Christmas!

    1. Too often I make ME the center instead of Him and that puts everything else out of whack doesn’t it! Thanks for reminding us to center ourselves in the right place!

  5. So very thankful for God’s grace! (This year more than ever) Yes, His grace is sufficient. Even in the seasons that seem to hold nothing but rain…
    Thanks for sharing, Karen!

  6. I love your wording of all this. It’s a great word picture. Thank you for sharing this…. how important to know that He is constant in our lives. (Your neighbor at #HeartEncouragement)

    1. How prone are we to assess God’s presence based on our circumstances rather than assess our circumstances based on God’s presence. A profound perspective change that will help us maintain our faith no matter what kind of storm blows our way. Thanks for stopping by Rachel!

  7. That is so true and very profound. Sometimes all we have is the grace of God. And, praise him for that comfort in trying times.

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