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When it Rains, it Pours!

Growing up, during hard times I would hear my mother say, “When it rains, it pours.”  At times, she would sing a song called The Rain Keeps Falling Down.  The lyrics read: “If you’ve never had any rain in your life, wait a while…If you think things are always going to be up and never down, wait a while…Oh the rain keeps falling down. The rain keeps falling down.”

Ladies, have you ever been in a place in your life where you’ve felt like the rain KEEPS falling down?  I mean the times when it seems like you keep experiencing travesty after travesty?  Times when, before you can see your way through one difficult circumstance, you find yourself in another?  Well, if you’ve ever been in this predicament, you have officially experienced a storm.  Webster’s dictionary defines a storm as “a heavy fall of rain.”  It’s not just rain, but it’s pouring down rain.  Spiritually, it’s when you constantly feel attacks not just in one place of your life but in many.  These are attacks against your family, finances, job, ministry, prayer life, peace of mind, and everything else.  When it seems that everywhere you turn the rain keeps falling down, you are in a spiritual storm.

A great example of a storm occurs in the life of Job.  Job was an upright man who feared God, yet one day a messenger reported that thieves had attacked his servants and took all of his donkeys and oxen.  “While he was still speaking, another messenger came” and reported that fire fell from the sky and burned up Job’s sheep and servants.  “While he was still speaking, another messenger came” and reported that three raiding parties carried away Job’s camel and killed his servants.  “While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came” and reported that a mighty wind struck the house of Job’s eldest son and killed all of his children. (See Job 1:13-19 NIV).  Every time that Job experienced one bad report, another travesty occurred.  Job was dealing with a storm.

The story of Job is a great not simply because we can see the storm at work in Job’s life, but because Job demonstrates how one can continue to worship and trust God in the midst of a storm.  Despite all that Job experienced, the Bible says that “he fell to the ground in worship.”  (Job 1:20 NIV).  I believe that Job was able to endure the storm, because he never lost sight of the fact that God had not forsaken him.  Even in a stormy situation, Job declared, “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end…I will see God.” (Job 19:25-26 NIV).

In our storms, we must remind ourselves that God is still with us.  Because He is with us, we can withstand any storm!  Webster’s second definition of storm is “a mass attack on a defended position.”  Ladies, this is where we rejoice!  A storm is an attack, but it’s an attack against something that’s defended.  In the middle of a storm, God is our protection and defense.  When the storms are raging in our lives, God has the power to speak peace to our storms as well as the power to give us peace in spite of the storm.  “Then they send up their cry to the Lord in their sorrow, and he gives them salvation out of all their troubles.  He makes the storm into a calm, so that the waves are at peace.”  Psalm 107:28-29 (NIV); “And [Jesus] arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still.  And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  (Mark 4:39 KJV).  In the above passages not only does God calm the storm, but in Mark we find that Jesus was in the middle of the storm with His disciples all the time.  Just as Jesus was with His disciples, we can be confident that He is also with us.  “Lo, I am with you always, even until the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:20 KJV).

Ladies, it is true that when it rains it pours.  But, let us not be discouraged by the rain.  We may be in a storm, but we have the best defense a gal could have!  “The Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.” (Psalm 94:22 KJV).  Be encouraged!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for helping me to see that storms are part of life’s journey.  When I find myself in a storm, teach me to bow down in worship like Your servant Job.  Help me to remember that in all situations, You are my defender and, at the right time, You will speak peace to my storm.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to face every storm with the confidence that God is your defense.  Know that you are not without protection, for the battle is not yours, it’s the Lord’s!

Check out these related EmpowerMoments: Sheltered and It Takes a Storm

Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” (Psalms 41:11)

11 thoughts on “When it Rains, it Pours!”

  1. Tasha what a great post. I am reminded of my family and a storm that is brewing and could very well spin out of control. I know with God on our side and much pray for the people that are involved in this storm the out come is only going to make us stronger and more faithful. Going through life I never stop to praise the Lord for my storm’s until lately! The older I am getting, the more I raise my son, and the more I draw close to the Lord the more I seem to be getting pressed..but God! I know now the storm’s that rage in my life are only to make and define the young women the Lord is leading me to be. Thank you for your post as well as the reminder that the God only wont’s the best for me.

  2. Thanks Ladies. God has been confirming this word all week so, in addition to being for me, I knew that His word would be a blessing to others. Marquetta, I’m so glad that you have begun to praise God in the midst of the storm. I know that God is pleased when we can praise Him for who He is in spite of the trouble that we may be enduring.

  3. Tasha,
    Awesome post!!! Thank you for the reminder that no matter what’s “brewing”, or even if we’re right thick in the middle of being attacked, God will use it ALL for the good of us and for us because we’re “His”….our lives have been holy orchestrated by our Papa up above. Thanks for the encouragement and I WILL PRAISE HIM EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, IN EVERY SITUATION AND CIRCUMSTANCE!!!! God bless you Sis!!

    1. Yes indeed! My new mantra is “God works out EVERYTHING in conformity with the purpose of His will.” Ephesians 1:11. Not only does He work things out for our good (Romans 8:28), but His plan is so divine that our good and His will ultimately coincide. He knows the plans that He has for us, to prosper and not harm (Jeremiah 29:11). The storms that we endure are temporary; His love and grace are eternal! Keep praising Him!!!

  4. LOOOOVE IT! This was very encouraging in all aspects.I know personally during the storms in my life God was so silent,but I know he was still at work.My worship to Him was constant and pure during those times as well,maybe that’s why he trusted me to go through them.I’ve learned through my 24 years on this earth and 7 years being in salvation that in my storms and trials don’t get caught up in whats going on around me,but whats going on in me.I’ve learned to pray through the pain ans take the lesson or lessons being taught to me.This is such a refuge for me(EmpowerMoments) and you ladies have made such an impact on my life and I am very appreciative for the wisdom that you share especially without having my mother here for me.Thanks EM:)

    1. Lisa, you make some very excellent points. I love how you don’t get caught up in what’s going on around you, but focus on what’s going on within you. God uses our storms as opportunities to grow us. Romans 5:3-4 says, “we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Often we miss the opportunity for our character and faith to grow, because we waste our energy pouting. God knows that we can endure the storms that He allows to come into our lives. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus! Thanks for your comments and continue to walk in faith :-).

  5. What a WONDERFUL follow up to the Pursuit of Happiness because on our way to the Land of Happy, its definitely going to rain! I love this EM so much, especially the second definition! That took me in girl! A MASS attack on a DEFENDED position. Ladies, just stay in your position and watch Him fight for you!!! L-O-V-E it! 🙂

  6. Okay Ladies, these comments really have me about to rejoice! I have been in a crazy storm. Everything has been attacked from my finances to my safety. A few days after I wrote this, I was praying to God about the rain in my life and He woke me with this scripture: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship?..No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:35-37). As has already been stated, God has equipped us to endure every attack that we encounter. We cannot be distracted by the rain! Our Savior is always with us and if God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)? Keep pressing ladies. All storms eventually cease! I am encouraged.

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