A rainy day

There's something very comforting to me about a rainy day.

Is that strange? I suppose, to some extent, it is. Most people like the sunshine and all that comes with it - warmth, light, ability to see clearly. I, on the other hand, absolutely love rainy days and all that come with them. The desire to stay inside and be cozy, be busy with the things I've put off for... it doesn't really matter how long..., not having to squint in the sunlight.

But beyond all that, I believe there's something very theological about a rainy day.

I enjoy flying. I really started in college and have continued as often as I can when I travel. On more than one occasion we took off in rainy, cloudy weather. I remember my first flight in inclement weather. We took off, busted through the thick clouds, and lo and behold, there was sunlight on the other side! I'm a little embarrassed to admit that actually did surprise me. But it made me realize something that I now think of on every rainy day, especially when people complain about the clouds and rain; if you can get past the rain and clouds, the sun is still there, even if we can't see it.

God uses so many simple things to teach us about Himself! How often do we complain or pity ourselves for the clouds, rain, even storms in our lives? We wonder why God is putting us through another trial. We try to reason with God, reminding him that we went to church on Sunday, bargaining with him that if he'll just take the problem away we'll read our Bible more. But maybe, just maybe, we can look at our lifestorms like a rainstorm. Creation needs rain to live. It needs that balanced amount of rain and sun so things can grow and flourish. I think we need some rain in our lives so we appreciate the warmth and clarity the Son provides. We can, and should, pray to God through our trials. He has promised to be with us through them, walking with us, guiding us, leading us.

Isaiah 43:1-3 is a great reminder of this, and verses that I have thought of as I go through lifestorms.
"But now, this is what the Lord says—
    he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord, your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior"

In any rainstorm or cloudy day, the sun is still above the clouds. As we pass through lifestorms, God is not far, even when we don't think we can see Him. In fact, He may be nearer to us than ever before. The storm will pass in His good timing, just like the rainstorm passes eventually and the sun returns.

I think marriage is a beautiful illustration of this idea as well. Isaiah reminds us that God walks with us no matter the circumstances we face. Isn't marriage that very image on a human level? Part of our marriage vows say, "for better, for worse", and praise God for that! I'm so thankful for a husband who is so Christlike in how he cares for me and walks with me during lifestorms or even minorly stressful times. I pray I am that kind of wife for him, and I definitely strive to be a little Christ for him as he goes through his struggles.

My prayer for you, me and our families is that God would grant us the patience to wait out the lifestorms, and that he would use those storms to draw us closer to himself.
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