Gina Caswell Kelly
Wowsers! Hasn’t the rain been so great? And, boy did we need it. We were heading into the “Exceptional Drought” category at a high rate of speed. Of course, it is still not nearly enough to call it a drought breaker, but it is a dad gum good start!
The thing about rain and farming is that you always need another one about a week later. You get a really good rain, and in just a few days, you are searching the sky for rain clouds. One of the things I love about rain is listening to it. If it is ever raining at Gomez, Texas, I am opening my garage doors and standing there listening and watching it. In my mind, the sound that it makes is like the sweet voice of my Father in heaven saying, “I love you, Gina.” Such a sweet and precious sound. Now, we can’t have rain all the time, but we can always hear the Father whispering “I love you.”
You can hear Him in the rain for sure, but you can also hear Him in the terrible sandstorms. He says to us in those times of wind, “Yep. I know this is not the weather you wanted, but nevertheless (my favorite Bible word), this is the weather you have, and I am right here with you saying I love you, even in this sandstorm.” And the sandstorm stops at some point. And, at that point, we see God’s peace. There are so many sandstorms we have to go through in life and most often certainly not sandstorms we would choose. But, just like we hear His voice in the actual sandstorm, promising to walk with us and hold us, He is with us in those sandstorms that life throws our way.
God wants to speak with us all the time. We just have to choose to listen. We have been studying about the Holy Spirit in my Bible Study class. We learn to listen to His voice by studying His Word and spending time with His people. But still, we have to learn to listen.
I have about an 85% hearing loss in my left ear. I always say, “If you want to talk to me, sit on my right side. If you want to talk about me, sit on my left side.” But, in my spiritual life, I sometimes feel like I have about 95% hearing loss when the Holy Spirit is trying to get my attention.
A great verse in the Bible (aren’t they all great??) says, “You shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace. The mountains and the hills shall break forth in song before you.” (Isaiah 55:12) What I want is a heart with 100% hearing. A heart that will listen so well, that I will hear the mountains, the hills, the trees, the cotton, the rocks, and yes, the rain breaking forth in song for the glory of God our Creator and our Father.
Are you listening? It will make a difference!