Friday, August 28, 2009

Joy Challenge - Day Six - Showers of Blessing

When we lived up north rain was something very low on my priority list - except in hopes that it wouldn't ruin some planned outdoor activity. Since moving to Texas twenty-seven years ago, it has shot up on the list of things I think and pray about. There have been times I've stood outside under a blazing sun pleading with the Lord to send rain.

No time has ever been as desperate as this summer. We have had the driest couple of years in weather-keeping history. I've watched the grass, trees and flowers turn brown and die over the course of the last several months. Lakes, rivers, ponds, creeks - all are either at record low levels or completely dry. It makes me sad to look at the scenery whenever we go for a ride.

How we have prayed for rain. Last night the lightning flashed, the thunder rolled, the wind picked up and finally, finally the rain fell. It is the best rain we have had in weeks and weeks. It measured an inch in the rain gauge! My husband and I stood outside in the dark on the front porch and watched it pour down.

Joy, joy, joy!! Thank You Lord for Your faithful provision. Even when it seems as though heaven has turned a deaf ear to our prayers, You are working on our behalf. Truly, You never leave us nor forsake us. In every little detail of our lives - You are there.

We took my Dad for a second opinion on his arm today. We were praying that more surgery would not be necessary. He has been through so much in recent months. We prayed, but I think we were all secretly thinking the worst.

We breathed a collective sigh of relief and thanks when the Vascular Surgeon said he thought it would be all right just to leave things as they are. He said with more physical therapy the swelling might go down. If it doesn't, that's all right too. There is no imminent danger.

What joy to know we have a Father who cares for us. Who bends down to listen when we pray and then works on our behalf.


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  1. Linda, I didn't know about the dry times in Texas. Things have been so wet here,I failed to think about folks who are not getting the rain. So glad to hear about last nights rainfall; I can just imagine how all of you must have felt, hearing it and seeing it.

    So thankful also to hear about your dad and the Lord's mercies there. Now, rest and have a blessed weekend, resting in the Lord and His goodness.

  2. Oh Linda! How topsy turvy our states have been this summer! This part of NY had so much rain, roses,tomato and potato plants rotted before our eyes... For the last two weeks, the sun finally stayed out and the blythe stopped.
    It's so comforting to get a good report from the doctor. It's so nice for your Dad not to have to face surgery!
    God's blessings always...for health and for a lil' more rain,

  3. I can only imagine how wonderful it was to stand and watch the rain come down. As I said before, Showers of Blessing!!

  4. Yeah for the rain!!! Glad your Father does not need surgery. Keep finding JOY.

  5. I love your posts on finding joy, Linda, and I can imagine what a huge blessing the rain must be to you all! And what a great joy to hear your Dad does not need more surgery! Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. So glad for you!! Rain and good news for your Dad. Thank You Lord!