Growing up in close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico I know the drill to prepare for a storm. Whatever kind, it’s pretty much the same routine.
- Remove or tie down all the objects outside that could be used as flying weapons of destruction.
- Go to the gas station, along with everyone one else, and make sure the vehicles are all full of gas.
- Head quickly to the grocery store before all the bread, milk and batteries have been purchased. (Although we never eat the bread and milk during the storm)
- Prepare to go without electricity for at least 2 days.
I’m sure you know the drill as well. Most wise people prepare in general the same way for storms. Just like if you see a forecast for rain or see dark clouds over head, you usually grab a raincoat or umbrella. In fact I’ve carried a raincoat in my car all summer in preparation for the summer pop up showers that sometimes come from nowhere.
God recently confronted me with the question “Are you preparing for rain?”
Luke 12:54 And He was also saying to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming,’ and so it turns out.
I have my rain jacket in the car, an umbrella in my office; therefore, I’m pretty sure I’m covered in case a rain shower peaks over the horizon.
My actions speak as though I’m expecting and prepared for rain. I know whether it happens today or in two months, it will rain again and when it does I am ready.
I quickly realized God’s appeal to me through this scripture was much more than the rain that blesses our dry soil and brings forth nourishment to both the seeds planted and to the foliage.
I have sought the Lord in prayers for ministries I’m involved in for several years. I’ve cried out with pleads for lives to be changed and needs to be met for the sake of the gospel.
I have had specific prayers for my family, asking for God to use us for His glory. Today God reminded me I should prepare for rain, not because of any magic words I’ve spoken and definitely not because of any works I have done. It is only because God is Faithful, Good, Mighty and Sovereign. Countless times scripture leads us to the promises that God will answer our prayers. When we replace our will with His, we can know He will not pass us over.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Tears filled my eyes as God reminded me His plan will come to pass. As I continue to lift my burdens to the Lord, I will prepare for God to move and give Him praise in advance:
I will prepare for new salvations to come in need of discipleship.
I will prepare for the news of callings revealed.
I will prepare for testimonies to be shared of God’s goodness and healing.
I will tie to the foot of the cross those objects in my life that could be used as weapons of destruction so that Satan can no longer use them for harm.
I will continue to refuel my soul with scripture so that I will be filled with His word to move where He sends me. It’s time to eat the milk and bread.
One of my favorite Mercy Me songs has always been “Bring on the Rain.” It speaks of the reality of hardship and how God can use us during those times for others to see His presence in our lives.
Bring on the rain, Lord. I’m looking up for clouds of glory!
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. Luke 12:54