get drenched…

photo by luiz cavalini, jr.

the storms of life will come.
what is your reaction?

run screaming?
close your eyes and pretend it’s not happening?
yell and scream at the winds and rains,
insisting that they have chosen the wrong one
on which to storm?

do you demand that the storms not touch you?
after all, you love God,
you follow Christ,
so therefore,
the rain shouldn’t touch you, right?

WRONG!

peace is not about the absence of storm,
peace is accepting the storm
and still following God.
not with stoic endurance,
but with acceptance
that this is just part of life.

“…we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…”  –II Corinthians 4:8-9

it is hard to be struck down without first being struck.
it’s hard to be persecuted without being, well, persecuted.
it’s hard to be perplexed without being perplexed.

why can we go through this?

“but we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves…always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” –II Corinthians 4:7, 10

we are not teflon.
we have believed,
deep down,
in crevices we didn’t even know existed,
that if we do everything right,
if we follow exactly what God wants of us,
we will have teflon coatings.

WRONG!

we are in this world,
like it or lump it,
you are not immune
from disease,
illness,
weariness,
anger,
sloth,
jealousy,
and all the others.

like it or lump it,
the only way out
is in a coffin,
because Elisha was the only one taken up
without human death.

like it or lump it,
this is your life,
this is your world,
and you’re gonna be here for a while.

so what are you going to do?

get drenched.

when the storm is raising,
when the winds are swirling,
stop shaking your fist at the storm,
and start dancing.

“For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison…” –II Corinthians 4:17

yep,
the God of the universe loves you so much,
He respects your need
for the ability to endure,
that He has produced a training ground
in which you can practice.

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by Him; for those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives.” –Hebrews 12:5b-6

but why?
why does He discipline?
why does He allow events in our lives
that require us to endure, even if it is not discipline?
and why should I run around enjoying the process?

“It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?” –Hebrews 12:7

but I hate discipline!
it is hard,
it is tiring,
and i never feel like i can actually make it through.

yeah, well, welcome to the family.

“But is you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.” –Hebrews 12:8

so dive in.
when the rainstorms come,
forget the umbrella,
toss the rainboots,
and get drenched.

let the cleansing rain of God,
the rain meant to wash away
those sins in life,
wash over you
and soak you to the bone.

the rains will come,
but do not despair.
get drenched in the love of the Father,
building endurance
in the heart of His children.

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One Comment on “get drenched…

  1. Jennifer,
    Your blogs are an inspiration and point me to the Lord Jesus in a wonderful way! Thank you for your meditations, research and most creative way of presenting this precious truths from God’s Word.

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