Rain. What does rain signify for you? For me, rain brings life and saturates living things so that they may be more productive. Rain is calming and reassuring. It reminds me that I am not in control and because of the rain, I often have to submissively reschedule, alter, or rearrange my daily tasks. In addition to this, the rain relieves pressure from within my sinuses, making it easier for me to breathe and relax.
The other day I sat looking outside of my back door and noticed how dark the sky was. I became excited because I knew this was a sign that the rain was coming. In this very moment the Holy Spirit whispered to me, “This is how life is. Just before the abundance of rain (a shower of blessings or breakthroughs), it becomes cloudy.” Often we sulk in our cloudy days of life. Ask yourself, “How often have I been in a dark period to the point where I felt defeated?” Honestly, if I chose to think about my current circumstances and the cloudiness, I could begin to doubt and become depressed. However, I choose to anticipate the RAIN!
“…weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Psalms 30:5b NIV)
I’m reminded of a few stories in the Bible where the situations of God’s people looked cloudy just before the rain. I’m reminded of Sarah being in a cloud of doubt due to her barren womb, yet the rain came. Ruth was in a cloud of uncertainty, and then she met Boaz. The woman with the issue of blood dwelt in a state of cloudiness for over a decade, but when she saw Jesus the rain came! The woman at the well, who was shunned by her community, lived with a cloud over her head, but one day the rain came.
How magnificent is Your name in all the Earth. We seek You in our times of trouble asking for Your rain O’ God. Lord, we ask that You send the rain, a shower of blessings that can flood out uncertainty, drench depressions, and cleanse our mental and physical sicknesses. Father God, as we wait in the midst of the clouds, please grant us a spirit of patience and righteous expectancy, believing that You will shower down Your blessing upon us, our homes, our communities, and our country. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you today to anticipate the rain while in the midst of clouds. “Remember that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28 NIV) Don’t sulk in your clouds; instead, praise Him in advance for the rain.
As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She and her husband serve as Co-Service leaders and Co-Group leaders of SustainedLove, which supports marriage get-a-ways from Family Life. Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They attend Vaughn Forest Church. Check out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here.