As I lay in my bed, praying, thanking my Heavenly Father for all His goodness, for His awesome love, the gift of knowing Him, and the incredible joy of interceding for the saints in Christ, I was reminded of a day not too long ago.
On an ordinary day when my darling husband was at work, my sweet sons were at school and I was home, alone, working around the house, cleaning, doing laundry and trying to get some writing done, I heard the gentle patter of rain. As I moved to my kitchen to work in there, I saw the sun shine...while it was still raining! Now, this is not the first time I’ve seen this, but I always respond the same way -- with exuberant joy! Then, like a little school girl excited to open a gift, I run outside to get a better look! I just want to be closer! I want to experience it with every sense I have! I want to hear it fall on the ground, taste each drop on my tongue, smell its freshness, look at it and feel the warmth of the sun at the same time I feel the cool wetness of the rain.
When this beautiful thought came to mind, so did many other thoughts; precious memories. Memories of God’s faithfulness I’ve known all my life.
I’ve seen the Son shine through every rainy day, and even through the most terrifying storms. I’ve had the awesome privilege of watching God’s love shine through me while I was being beaten for thirteen years. I saw Him use my hands to tenderly comfort and wipe away the tears of my abusers. I saw the Lord offer His love and forgiveness to anyone and everyone who hurt me, whether physically, emotionally or mentally; and I saw His living word, truly manifested in my life, when these things seemed so impossible. I saw my precious Savior lift me out of every miry pit I threw myself in when I was a teenager and thought I had learned all I needed to know about God. I saw Him change me, mold me and faithfully transform me by His Holy Spirit, more and more into the likeness of His Son, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I saw God miraculously bring me the most wonderful husband in the world! Perfect...just for me! I saw Him deliver me and my first born son from death, and my husband from great heartbreak when it looked like neither of us were going to survive his birth. And two years later, I saw the Lord bless us with a second wonderful son! I saw the LORD giving me strength to endure, when it seemed impossible; when my body was weak, my mind couldn’t hold a single thought or even remember things I’ve known most of my life.
For the past seven years, I’ve seen the LORD magnify His love through constant and sometimes debilitating pain, sleepless nights, two surgeries, countless procedures and ER visits, and two hospital admits.
I’ve seen God work more miracles throughout my life; so many, it is impossible to re-tell all, in one life time.
And I believe God has graciously, wisely and mercifully allowed every trial, so I’ll always be able to see His Son shine, through every rain.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
~ Romans 8:18