We went camping in Pennsylvania last month alongside beautiful Otter Lake. Mist curls gracefully up from its surface each morning. (You can read about Water Walking on Otter Lake here.)
I enjoy camping, as long as I can bring the comforts of home with me. We are the proud owners of a small travel trailer. Our trailer has a kitchen, a table and couch, the tiniest bathroom known to man, and a bedroom for my husband and I. Our three children, and my niece, sleep in tents.Below is a picture of our campsite. I took this photo standing by the lake looking up at the kids enjoying their breakfast. Please note the canopy stretching out from the trailer to provide us with shade and a little shelter in the event of rain.
Meanwhile, the wind picked up, thunder and lightening flashed, and rain pelted down. The electricity began to flicker. When the power went out for the third time we could no longer ignore what was clearly not a simple thunder storm. The wind howled around our little trailer. Branches and leaves flew past the windows. The trees around us creaked and groaned. Hail began pounding on the roof.
I went to Pat and yelled as quietly as I could over the roaring of the wind, “Honey, I think that we would be safer in the truck." I reasoned, trucks are designed for impact. Trailers are not.
Pat who had been nervously watching out the window shouted back, “ We can’t go outside now. It’s too dangerous. I think we are going to lose the canopy.” He had scarcely finished speaking when a huge metallic bang sounded on the roof.
We sat together in the dark flinging up half thought out prayers to God for safety and trying to look unconcerned for the sake of the kids, all of whom were too smart to buy it. Ten minutes later, the wind and rain lessened. Soon the sun came out. The storm was over.
Rain can come as gentle showers or thunderous storms. But make no mistake, we all at times experience storms. Howling winds of heartbreak, the pounding hail of illness, and the brokenness of loss. Rain pouring down from the heavens.
But God uses the rain in our life to bring us beauty, healing, comfort, and hope. Look at the beauty of the world He has given to us. Every singing bird, every fish that swims, in fact, every living thing, is dependent on the rain that waters the earth. Every flower and every tree was born through the rain.
Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who makes the storm clouds. He gives showers of rain to men, and plants of the field to everyone. ~Zechariah 10:1Our God is the Redeemer in the rain. He is the One who calms the storms.