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Scripture Passage: Isaiah 45:8

     “You heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness flourish with it; I, the Lord, have created it.” 


Devotional Entry:  

How many times do we sigh and complain when we see that rain is in the forecast. Well, since moving to Seattle I found myself doing a lot of sighing and complaining, lol. As many of us know, it’s just very grey, cloudy and drizzly up in the PNW. As I continued to lament, I felt like the Lord was telling me that I need to change my attitude, to see the rain as a blessing and not a hindrance, to see that this is a time to open up and receive and not a time to take cover. In the midst of times when I’m struggling my focus is more on my situation and not as much on the Lord as it could be. Too often I find myself attentive and engaged with what is going on around me and not on connecting with God and what he is doing. I am not really considering where he may be in this situation or what he might be doing in the circumstances that I find myself in. I understand in my head that the Lord is always working for the good of those who love him and that I am in the process of being conformed to the image of his son. In my heart that is my desire, to be more like Jesus…but, all too often I shift my attention to the rain, the grey and the clouds that block the sun not seeing them the way that he does. I tend to not hold on to the knowledge that he is always working and I try to take control in order to get what I want. In God’s paradigm, the clouds are heavy with blessing, he opens the heavens to rain his will, his word and his purposes into our lives. He only asks us to be willing to stop, look to him and receive. Like the seeds that have been planted, that will spring forth in its time, we need to allow the Lord to do his work in our lives, especially when we do not see anything good happening in our current situation.


Challenge:

As you connect with the Lord, ask these questions and see if the Holy Spirit brings anything to your mind…In what area of your life might you be trying to control someone or something in order to get the outcome you want? Is there a specific way that the Lord may be wanting you to shift your paradigm in your current circumstance? What seeds that were planted have come to bloom?