Season of Rain

"The rains are coming!"

This was the prophetic word spoken through Dr. Nicky E. Collins.  The word was not a weather forecast. Instead, it was a warning for us to prepare ourselves for the shifting about to take place in our lives.


Valley of Dry Bones

This word ran through me like a bolt of lightening. I was reminded of the strength and power of God. I recently shared a word of empowerment about broken bones. In the book of Ezekiel, we learn of a dream where Ezekiel finds himself in a valley. He is walking amongst a number of dry, nimble bones. The bones were lifeless. The bones were disconnected. The bones were barren, with no covering.

Have you ever found yourself in a valley? Have you found yourself in a low place? A dry place?

At some point along this journey of life, we all come to periods in life where we dry up. A place where our finances don't balance out. A place where our marriage is on the rocks. A place where our children turn wayward. A place where the job is a challenge to go into each day. A place where man let you down. A place where your housing options dwindle. A place where the refrigerator is more empty than it is full. A place where doubt or lack of confidence consume us. A place where rejection binds up us. A place where we feel that God is silent or no longer with us.

Oh, but the rain! It's coming!

Of the many faces of rain, I am most appreciative of these three (3) things:

The rains are coming!

1. Rain allows things to live. Rain water is the most natural form of water and is saturated with minerals. People, animals, trees, plants, and flowers survive because the rain. They also have the ability to survive through the rain. The outpouring the rain provides a source of nourishment. It rehydrates the land and the air. Hydration is the key to proper functioning. It's the key that allows people, things and systems to function as they were created to. Rain helps us to live out our purpose. 
 
2. Rain allows things to grow. When seeds are planted in the ground, they are covered by dirt. The seeds are buried underneath other things. They become invisible to the naked eye. The dirt becomes a layer of protection. It becomes difficult for things to get to the seed. Not impossible, just requires a little work. A little patience. The seed waits for the rain to come down and seep through the dirt. The rain is the source that supports the growth process. Rain is the necessary impetus for growth. No rain, no growth.

3. Rain cleanses things. Consider the car or truck that was driven through a mud puddle. The body of the vehicle is brown and tarnished. Once the rain begins to fall, the mud begins to drip. Slowly the dirt begins to fall away. The inpouring of rain is used to get rid of the dirt and grime that tries to hold things in bondage. The release that comes from rain is refreshing and allows a sense of renewal. With renewal sometimes comes a new boldness. A fresh start. Old things are passed away and all things become new. 
 
Embrace the season of rain that is about to pour out directly over you. It's a chance to live, to grow, and to be cleansed.

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