Between the Rains
This is a repost from a few years ago when we lived in Central Asia. As our nights and some days are rainy since we are not in rainy season, I thought it would be fun to post this again.
Rain is a beautiful thing. It gives water for life but also brightens up the world around us. It makes rainbows possible and cools the air. In the OT, rain is equated with blessing. If the Israelites were obedient, then the rains would fall at the appropriate times for their crops to grow. When they were disobedient, the rains were withheld as punishment.
It can’t rain constantly or plants would not be able to grow. Between the rains, the farmers work hard caring for the plants so they will grow to their full maturity. They labor knowing that the next rain will help their plants be ready for harvest. The farmer trusts that God to grow his plants even before they break the surface of the ground. He can’t see what is going on but he knows something is happening.
Two weeks ago in our James study, Beth Moore (James study session 7) talked about living between the rains. Right now as we fervently pray for our flight permissions, I feel like I am between the rains looking in the distance for a small rain cloud to appear. This affects not only us but other organizations that we fly to the remote places in the country where we serve. As I listened to Beth that day, I was encouraged as she shared these five things: