Rain. We’ve had a lot of it lately in historical proportions. There are times in life you cannot escape the rain. It beats upon your rooftop. And, at times, in your house. Rain finds even the smallest of holes to leak into your world, often swelling into unexpected rivers of emotion. And even though our first attempt is to battle the rain with panic and fists, grabbing hold of what we can control and raging war against what we cannot control, we soon realize that water cannot be held. In our haste and worry, we can lose our focus to our greatest fears. Soon, we are left with wet fists and standing in a house trying not to be drowned in worry.
“For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45).
God sends rain to us all. No rooftop, animal, or human is immune to the plans of God. Good news and bad news befalls upon Believers and nonbelievers alike. However, Believers have something in common which help us from being whisked away by the torrent of concerns which comes so easily to beat our flesh: we are being held by the righteous right hand of God!
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
I have a relative who recently passed away to a long battle with cancer. She owned a simple but lovely china painting shop. All her delicate pieces, tea sets, serving ware, and china gifts were elegantly displayed in her shop she cared for the whole of her adult life. Her tender, artistic touch was put into each detail, stroke, and into every thought of her imagination. And when the recent Hurricane Harvey came through, we have reason to believe the rains have destroyed her little shop. Relatives are now left with their imaginations flooded, trying to grasp her life gone, and now her tangible memories probably shattered.
Sometimes the rain doesn’t make sense, and it can pour down at a rate that can blind us and make our heart ache. In these times, we pray for God to replace our “why” with “show me the next step” or “what would you have me learn from this, Lord.” And sometimes we don’t even have words, and we just go to God in our tears as He comforts us with His unfailing love.
And the rain falls on us all. But here is the deal: When we are being held by the righteous hand of God, we know for CERTAIN we will get through whatever storm is falling upon our rooftop because God is higher than our rooftops! He is higher than the flood! He is higher than our rising worries! And He is higher than our brokenness!
Note, my friend, God does not depend upon our grip. He knows our weaknesses. He knows we get overwhelmed. And still, He firmly has us. No matter what you are naming your rain today … HE HAS YOU.
What concern or fear do you need to give to God today?
Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian author and opinion columnist. You can find her newly released books, “H.E.R.O. Faith” and “Bad Disciples” on Amazon. To submit feedback on SGLY, please contact news@amtrib. com. Follow Chartier on Facebook: facebook. com/tiffanychartier and Twitter:@tiffanychartier.