I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those crazy people that gets excited when I see the storm clouds rolling in and hear the rumble of thunder growing louder in the distance. I love the rain. I love the thunder, lightning, the sound of heavy rain on the roof. I love everything about it…well except being caught in it. If it is raining, I want to be experiencing it from under a roof that keeps me dry. The power of such forces of nature captivates me. I wonder what it must be like to be the dry, parched ground soothed by the cool rain from the heavens. If God takes such care of the land, He’ll take care of me. The rain paints such a beautiful picture of His care and provision of even the ground that gets trampled on.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about my life and all the things I want to accomplish. I’ve evaluated some of my life goals and thought about the direction I feel God taking me. Let me just say, there’s so much going on inside of my head and my heart that I get so overwhelmed sometimes!!! I’ve noticed that in my own life, when I get my thoughts and feelings jumbled somewhere between my head and my heart, I find that it is so difficult to hear God’s voice. The static of daily life can be so loud. I’ve found myself in this place (and maybe you have too at times) where I’m holding on to a promise that God has given me but I’m unsure of how or when to take the next step. Sometimes I don’t even know what that next step is and therefore I become stagnant and dry; much like the land that thirsts for the rain. Or maybe, like me, you’ve found yourself in a place where God’s promises are visible, yet you just don’t know how to reach them. Whoever thought a Christian’s life was easy was wrong! Following God isn’t easy. Walking by faith is messy. My life is messy! Yet, I know that one day God will use this messy life as a message to bring hope and inspiration to people around the world. That’s faith.
After reading Steven Furtick’s book, Sun Stand Still, I wrote my own sun stand still prayer. Simply put, it is my prayer of promises. God has planted little seeds of promise in my heart that (through faith) He’s growing. It’s a very bold, audacious prayer unlike any that I’ve ever prayed before and I’ve learned not to limit God.
“I have a dream to one day reach thousands of people with my message of hope, forgiveness, and love.” -My Sun Stand Still Prayer, January 3, 2012
I never dreamed that I’d preach the message of hope and share the love of Christ with thousands in the Philippines. I looked back at my sun stand still prayer recently and realized that I’d been praying for that trip all along. Wow. God moved in my heart. Taking a giant leap of faith, I moved to follow Him. Thousands heard about Jesus Christ and accepted Him as their Lord and Savior. God caused the sun to stand still in my life. His love and blessings rained down in the Philippines.
Now that the demands of daily life are back in full swing, it is so easy to become like that dry and thirsty land. We need the rain! One of the most powerful thoughts concerning God’s provision came to me many months ago at a women’s conference I attended. In a talk about our purpose and discovering God’s plan for our lives, the speaker simply asked, “How are you practicing your purpose?” In other words, how am I preparing for the rain? If God has promised that one day I’ll be able to share the God story He’s given me and His love with the world, what am I doing in the here and now that will prepare me to go out into all the world to fulfill such a huge calling? How am I preparing for the rain? How are you preparing for your rain?
Your effort illustrates your desire.
Doing nothing will get you nothing.
God moves when faith moves.
Let it rain.