Are you in a downpour?

Are you in the middle of a downpour? “Is it raining outside?” you say, no, I am speaking of a life downpour! A few nights ago I saw the full moon and the sky so clear and felt the peace that David must have felt out tending his sheep. I know that, for him, there was the turmoil of keeping his flock safe from the ravening wolves and bears, and finding the stray that kept wandering from the safety of his sight, but at night, when they were all settled and asleep, he rested. I like to think that it was on a night like that, laying back looking at the stars, that he penned the 8th Psalm: God, brilliant Lord, yours is a household name. Nursing infants gurgle choruses about you; toddlers shout the songs that drown out enemy talk, and silence atheist babble.

I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous, your handmade sky-jewelry, Moon and stars mounted in their settings. Then I look at my micro-self and wonder, Why do you bother with us? Why take a second look our way? Yet we’ve so narrowly missed being gods, bright with Eden’s dawn light. You put us in charge of your handcrafted world, repeated to us your Genesis-charge, Made us lords of sheep and cattle, even animals out in the wild, Birds flying and fish swimming, whales singing in the ocean deeps.  God, brilliant Lord, your name echoes around the world.

What do we do after a long day of battling the ravening wolves and bears in our own lives? Sometimes we complain about the bear of a boss, the wolf at the bank, the geese and pigs getting in your way at the grocery store. Then there are the lazy cows and whales beached on your couch with the remote in their hands instead of sharing it with you, the old grump! What if we began to praise our way out of a bad mood, instead of grumbling and making, not only ourselves, but everyone around us, miserable?

Hebrews 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. The definition of ‘sacrifice’ is: an act of offering to a deity something precious. What is more precious than giving Him praise when you are feeling lousy? What did Jonah do in the belly of the great fish?

Jonah 2:7-9 “ When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple. “ Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own Mercy. But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.” He offered the sacrifice of Thanksgiving!

It’s hard to be thankful or in praise mode when you are stressed and unhappy, but it is the quickest solution to regaining your good temper!

I spoke with a family tonight, three thousand miles away, who are under the stress of facing surgery, an invalid child having seizures so strong he had to be given CPR, trying to get settled in a new home in a new town, and no close friends around, but before we hung up, I had the privilege of being included in their night prayers. As I listened in and prayed the Lord’s Prayer with them, I felt that peace had settled into the home and that all would be well.

If you are in a life downpour, stop, take a deep breath and as you let it out say, Praise the Lord!

About harolene

Thank you for stopping by for a visit! If you read my thoughts you will see that I am sometimes serious, at other times sappy or funny, occasionally I am sad and sentimental, but I am always sincere! I am a single mother who raised two children, born ten years apart and different sexes so first it was bows and dolls, pretty dresses and boys! When my son was born it was rough and tumble games, baseball, soccer, wrestling and girls! I am known for my "smile" and for my default answer to any situation, "no problem", which was something I didn't realize I did until it was pointed out to me! I am a moon watcher and a star gazer. I am astounded and feel so small knowing that every creature that has ever walked the face of this earth has gazed upon that same beautiful orb that my eyes can behold on any night when the earth is not wearing her cloak of clouds. My parents have made me the person that I am. Their love, veracity in all areas of life, humor and passion for their work and each other have given me hope that my life can actually be a happy one! Chances are if you are reading this you already know all this but again, I appreciate your stopping by! While you're here hit the "Like" button for me and thanks for checking in!
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3 Responses to Are you in a downpour?

  1. lcam1951 says:

    I Saw The Light I Saw The Light I’ll Fly Away I’ll Fly Away

    I missed my parents today greatly and I am an old woman now.

    Thank you for being my friend.

    Sent from my iPhone

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Mariluz Henry (Mari) says:

    Thanks once again. I am so blessed and happy that God laid it on my heart to read your blog. May He continue to bless and use you.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Fredy says:

    Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

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