This morning I’m waiting for the rain to pass.
On my schedule today are errands. Lots of them. And, a few of them require me to be outside. But, it’s raining. Not a downpour, but a steady pace of droplets from the sky. It’s not my first choice to get soaked today. My first choice is to stay dry.
But, it’s been raining now for two hours. Every now and then I glance out the window and I peek at the local weather radar on my phone where I watch the big yellow blob of rain move ever so slowly eastward.
I’m waiting for the rain to pass.
You know? Many of us might be in this waiting together. I venture to guess some of us are looking out though the windows of life and there’s been a steady stream of rain for some time now. It feels like it’s been raining forever, or for at least a very long time. It hasn’t let up.
We want to live life to the fullest, to complete what’s on our schedule for the day, to be brave and bold and to believe the rain will stop soon.
We’re waiting for the clouds to part and the sunny skies to reappear. It would sure be nice to hear the birds singing again and to feel the sun’s warmth on our skin.
In the meantime, we stay where it’s safe so we don’t get caught in the downpour.
Your rain may be different than mine. Maybe it’s a daunting situation, or a debilitating fear. Maybe it’s a health concern or overwhelming grief. Or, maybe it’s something entirely different, and it’s just easier to stay inside and to avoid getting wet.
Yes, even though I’m waiting for the literal rain to pass today, I also find myself waiting where it’s safe instead of stepping out of my comfort zone. That’s my figurative rain. That’s what’s under the surface that no one else sees.
What would happen if you and I stepped out into the rain today?
What if we ventured out in it? Could today be the day we say, “Enough,” and we quit playing it safe?
Yes, we might get a little wet, and yes, we might feel uncomfortable. But, I also believe God will meet us as we move. We might just find something we never could have experienced while staying where it’s safe.
“Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.” Joshua 1:9 MSG
So, we can stop waiting for the rain to pass, and let’s the next step forward. Maybe the rain isn’t isn’t so bad after all.
I’m grabbing my raincoat, my umbrella, and my courage, and I’m heading out the door.
Join me, won’t you?
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