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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Healing Rain

For hopes not gone, nor are my dreams
the light it still shines through
and with the help of angels wings
I find my way, from here to you.
So when the tears fall in the night
and fear creeps up, I say
the angels are all guarding me
so fear.....go on your way!
Its ok to cry the tears
for they wash away the pain
They're a symbol of the love we shared
and as needed as the rain.
     I love the rain! It always makes me feel so alive! I think that it is because rain is life giving to so many things. The trees, grass, and flowers all need rain in order to live. Think about how beautiful the world looks after a good rain shower. Everything just looks more vibrant and alive. I always enjoy waking up the morning after a thunderstorm, and looking out my bedroom window. It is such a great reminder of how God provides for everything, even for the needs of the natural world around us. If he cares so much for the grass and the trees that he sends rain at just the right time, how much more must he care for his children?
     Today as I was laying on the couch, sick with a miserable cold, I could hear the gentle rain falling outside of the window. It brought a smile to my face as I thought of all the ways that God cares for me. Every moment, without a doubt, God has been ever present in my life. He knows my deepest needs and my greatest fears. He sees my weakest moments and quiet tears. But the greatest part is that he not only knows...but he also provides. He provides for my deepest needs, he calms my greatest fears, he strengthens me in my weakest moments, and holds tightly to each quiet tear that I cry.
     I cannot help but stand completely thankful for everything that I have been given. I do struggle, and I do feel intense pain and sadness each and every day. But yet I am beyond blessed in so many ways. God has given me a beautiful life, and an amazing family. I have a good job, a warm and dry house, and a couch on which to rest when I am sick. I have hot chocolate to soothe my sore throat, and a good book to enjoy! I have a husband who loves me and takes care of me, even when I look yucky and sick. I have amazing friends who have stood by my side, even when I have not been at my best. I have the love and support from so many wonderful people. I have seen the genuine kindness of so many people. As I continue to walk down this journey of grief and healing, I have found that it brings such joy to my heart when I think about the beautiful outpouring of love that has come from so many. I am truly beyond blessed!
     On nights like tonight, I love to sit and count my blessings, and take time to praise the God who has been there for me in my darkest of moments. He is the great Provider! I want to encourage anyone who is going through a difficult situation, or struggling to stay afloat amidst the waves of life, to look to the God who knows and who provides. He will provide exactly what you need, even in the worst of times. Trust me, I have been that girl who has cried out to him when I did not know what else to do. I have been that girl who has cried out  to him in anger. I have been that girl who has cried out to him in pain and hopelessness. But the beauty is that God understands. He does not turn away from us when we are angry or upset. In fact, it is when we cry out to him that I believe he draws the closest. In fact Psalm 34:17-20 says,
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.
 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
 The righteous person may have many troubles,
    but the Lord delivers him from them all;
 he protects all his bones,
    not one of them will be broken.
Lean on him, and he will never let you go.
      I am thankful for the clean, fresh air that comes in the wake of a rainy day. In the same way, when we cry out to God, and we truly open our hearts up to him, he will provide the healing that we need so desperately.

Healing Rain
Healing rain is coming down
It's coming nearer to this old town
Rich and poor, weak and strong
It's bringing mercy, it won't be long
Healing rain is coming down
It's coming closer to the lost and found
Tears of joy, and tears of shame
Are washed forever in Jesus' name
Healing rain, it comes with fire
So let it fall and take us higher
Healing rain, I'm not afraid
To be washed in Heaven's rain
Lift your heads, let us return
To the mercy seat where time began
And in your eyes, I see the pain
Come soak this dry heart with healing rain
And only You, the Son of man
Can take a leper and let him stand
So lift your hands, they can be held
By someone greater, the great I Am
Healing rain, it comes with fire
So let it fall and take us higher
  Healing rain, I'm not afraid
To be washed in Heaven's rain
To be washed in Heaven's rain...
Healing rain is falling down
Healing rain is falling down
I'm not afraid

Michael W. Smith

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