Unexpected Rain: “Into the Word” Week 11

The day held promise.  I had managed to get on the road in record time, and traffic was light.  I pulled into the parking space at work armed with a briefcase and determination to attack my long to-do list.  I swung the car door open, planted my feet firmly on the pavement, and stood ready to face the day.

And then it happened.  Out of nowhere.  Rain.  Hard rain.  With no warning.  Sure, it was a little cloudy, but before a heavy deluge, you expect some wind and thunder.  Not on this day.  Caught off guard, I ducked into the car, head first — a girl must protect her hair.  Then, when the storm picked up, I sort of tucked myself into the car — in the fetal position sprawled across the front seat.  I started digging for the umbrella, which was buried under mounds of junk in my bag.  Frustrated, my mood quickly shifted from happy to harried.  This downpour quenched my spirit.

Has it ever happened to you?   You are singing a happy tune when suddenly

…you receive a phone call with gut-wrenching news

… the transmission goes out on your car while you are running an errand

…the washer decides to stop working in the middle of the rinse cycle.

How do you handle unexpected rain?  So often, my soul drops to the floor in the fetal position crying out to Him — Why, Lord?  Why today?  What now?

This week, as I was digging “Into the Word,”  my Abba Father gently reminded me that rainy days do not lack purpose.  He uses the downpour to purify and strengthen our faith (I Peter 1:6-9).   The Master of Wind and Rain calls us to partner with Him so that we can be a light bearer in the stormy darkness:

Remember, our Message is not about ourselves;

we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master.

All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you.

It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!”

and our lives filled up with light

as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ,

all bright and beautiful.

II Corinthians 4:5-6, MSG

When we choose to look up to Him during an unexpected rain, the glory of the resurrected Christ radiates in and through us, all bright and beautiful.  The watching world will see His light shine in the midst of our stormy season.  The Creator God walks with me through the torrential downpour.

I would love to chat with you about how Christ has walked with as you have faced an unexpected rain.  How has He been a bright and beautiful light to you in the stormy darkness?  Feel free to share your heart in the comment section below.

Every Monday we will be working our way through Anne Graham Lotz’s 52-week study “Into the Word.”    Hop on over to the 3dLessons4Life Blog Facebook Page to join us as we dig into God’s Word together.

Linking up with a like-minded sisters at Faith Filled Friday, Thought-Provoking Thursday, Good Morning Girls,  God -Bumps and God-Incidences,  Soli Deo Gloria @ Finding Heaven.and  “Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday!”

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Verse 4: Hiding 20 in 2012 Scripture Memory Challenge

In October, we visited my sister-in-love’s house in North Carolina and enjoyed her front porch with spectacular mountain views.  Our natural eyes could not clearly distinguish the structures on the side of the giant slope, so my husband pulled out a pair of binoculars to put things into sharper focus.   I don’t know about you, but sometimes I wish I could pull out a pair of magical binoculars that helped me put the “fuzzy stuff” in life into clear perspective.

In his book Scripture by Heart: Devotional Practices for Memorizing God’s Word, Joshua Choonmin Kang likens God’s Word to spiritual binoculars:

Scripture memorization helps us examine

the true focus of our hearts

and enables us to know our true selves.

How about you?  Are you ready to step up to the spiritual viewfinder through Scripture memorization? Let’s hold each other accountable by Hiding 20 in 2012.  In the comment section below, write out the verse you will be working on for the next two weeks. Make sure to include your first name, your home state, the verse’s address/location, and the Bible translation:

Lyli from Florida:

“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves

to think of anything as being from ourselves,

but our sufficiency is from God…” (2 Corinthians 3:5, NKJV).

Here’s a little play on words for all you Pinterest Fans. Rather than ‘Pin it,” let’s purpose to “Hide it.” I will end each post with a “Hide it” Suggested Verse.

“Hide it”:

“A generous person will prosper;

whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

(Proverbs 11:25, NIV).

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