For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
Rain. It is something I am very familiar with. I’ve lived my entire life in a rainy area and I know how dark & dreary it can make a day. I know that when you are out in a downpour, getting cold and wet… it is hard to see the beauty in, or the need for, rain. You feel miserable and like the discomfort will never end!
But, the rain is refreshing, cleansing, and life-giving to the earth! Without rain, there would be no plants or trees! There would be no beautiful flowers or apple blossoms in the spring! When you are safe inside your warm home with the sound of rain on the roof, rain is cozy and comforting. And, the smell of rain after a dry season is amazing!
I started and named this blog Counting Our Blessings in 2010 during some of the rainiest days of my life; my mom had died from cancer at the young age of 51, my oldest daughter was diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder, my marriage was struggling, and just a few months after I started this blog my 5th child did not survive more than 88 minutes outside of my womb.
Life was hard. No doubt. And life has been hard since then… grieving, caring for a disabled/sick daughter, facing other health problems in our family, etc.
I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:
Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:
Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields:
You see, I wanted to make a conscious effort to focus on my many blessings in the midst of life’s hardships. I chose the name of this blog to remind myself every time I logged on to “vent and complain about my life”, that I don’t want to focus on the bad! I don’t want to share the bad here, at least not in a complaining way. I only want to share the hard times if it brings glory to God and what He has done… and still does for us every day!
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Physical death, disease, money issues, and all of the things lacking in this life… are not what matters. Having good health, everything money can buy, and all of our loved ones here on earth, does not bring us everlasting joy and peace.
But, Jesus does.
So, I want to turn my eyes back to Him and glorify Him, even in what I write here. That doesn’t mean I haven’t hit publish on less than encouraging posts (because I have), but I do say a prayer before writing that God will be glorified and that the Spirit will lead me and reveal to me whether I should/n’t write something for all of InternetLand to read. Bringing glory to God is my only purpose here on earth. It took some rough trials to enlighten me to that truth, but now I am able to weather the storm knowing God has it all in His hands.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
This is a lesson that my husband and I have learned over the years of our marriage as team mates in this life; the rainy seasons will bring us closer to God.
We have learned to count it all joy as the scripture directs us to and to praise Him as the rain pours down… sometimes so hard it hurts. He is our shelter from life’s storm, no matter how dark the clouds. Downpours of rain, life’s trials… they are blessings. Painful sometimes, but they bring spiritual growth. Spiritual growth equals blessings in my book! That is why we are Counting Our Blessings as they pour down like rain!