Last Sunday morning, I took our dog, LuLu for a walk before church. The rains of the previous days had finally subsided. The sun was coming up over the horizon and the clouds were scattering away. Birds were cheerfully chirping in the trees, happy to be able to fly around and enjoy the morning without the pouring rain. After the rain, it was nice to experience the sun.
Our lives are filled with periods of rain. We have all experienced them. It’s those seasons of life when struggle surrounds us. We experience a season of turmoil and conflict in our marriage. We wrestle in the parenting of our children and feel overwhelmed and unprepared. We experience challenges and trials at our workplace and have to find a new job or adjust to difficult circumstances at our current one. Our health begins to fail us and we long for healing and a return to days of better health and activity. Sometimes, we’re not sure what is wrong. We just feel discouraged, overwhelmed and depressed. Nothing seems to make us feel better as we feel the drops of worthlessness, shame and guilt fall upon us.
We know the rain of life all too well. We know the pain, confusion and grief that comes with these seasons. Yet, we must press on through the storm. We must continue to remain faithful despite the clouds that surround us. We must endure the winds that blow, the rain that pelts us and the floods of turmoil that rise against us.
Why? Why must we endure the rain that life brings? Why must we endure such sorrow, pain and emotional and spiritual turmoil?
The sun always returns. Even though the clouds seem limitless and we don’t see the sun, it is still there, and it will return. If we persevere, the season of gloom will be replaced by a season of light. Our times of despair will be replaced by a season of hope and growth. The clouds of despair and depression will clear to be replaced by the blessings of purpose and joy. The rain always stops. The sun always returns.
If you are in a season of rain, please don’t give up. The clouds may be pouring rain and you are being assaulted by the storms but keep pressing on. Don’t lose your faith, because God is with you. The One who rejoices with us in the sun is the same One who sits with us and comforts in the rain. The One who knows your pain and grief is the One who will bring you the healing that only He can. He is faithful and He will bring you joy.
After the rain, it’s great to experience the sun. Hold on. The sun is coming for you.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” -Isaiah 43:2-3