It seems like on days like today all I hear are people griping about having to walk to class in the rain. On every one of my trips between classes I heard squeals caused by a raindrop that somehow found its way under an umbrella and the constant whining from that one person who is upset because they fixed their hair for class and “Just look at it now!” (Guys, I’m not just referring to the girls!). Apart from everyone else, when I woke up this morning and saw the rain outside my window I got a little excited. No I don’t have a secret to staying dry nor do I enjoy walking around in wet jeans but today, even though it seems like the devil has been attacking me all day, I have many things to be thankful for. Today instead of waking up and putting on my hot pink Muck boots and heading out to wade black mud just to get the animals taken care of I got in my truck to head back to Stillwater to start another glorious week of mind boggling school work, and I have my family to thank for such a privilege. Today, God answered one of my prayers by sending the rain. While the oats are not in the ground yet, my family’s survival is contingent off of that rain, and so are many others who live an agricultural lifestyle. School may overload my brain and the rain may make me want to avoid class at all costs but both are blessing that I in fact prayed for! The least I can do is be thankful! So many times we pray for things hoping that we can obtain our desires without ever having to go through the difficult parts, I’m just as guilty as the next. It would seem silly to pray for rain but ask that we skip the part where the water actually falls from the sky because we don’t really want to walk to class in the rain, but gosh darn it we sure want what benefits are to be had after the storm. So many of us ask this of God as we are going along life’s journey but we are missing the point. He never said it would be easy only that he would see us through it.
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
More often than not God shapes and molds us through the storm, not through the rewards. The rewards are the perks of having persevered through God’s trials, and in this case that reward would be the water. So with that I pulled on my boots and threw on a cap, to cover up that nappy curly rain hair, and persevered through the storm because I have faith in an almighty God.
“Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” Psalm 107:28-31