Finishing up a 7 week study of James this week with a peek at rain as an example of faithfulness. Usually I think of rain as something to persevere through instead of benefit from or look forward to. It was very intriguing to consider rain as the blessing, and a sunny, dry, clear sky day as the meantime.
Reading through this lesson, I realize many beloved friends, family and myself are in a type of drought–circumstantial, not spiritual. Some are financial; some are relational; some are physical; some are emotional. We are all, in a sense, between the rains as we remember more pleasant, refreshing times that may have happened long ago and we wonder when and if the next one will ever come.
While we wait for our next rain, we can take a lesson from the plants. Too much water is just as detrimental as not enough. In time and in season, the next rain will come. Every crop is different, every yield is different. The world keeps turning, and we keep doing our invisible, essential work as we wait patiently for the next rain. It will come. It has to. This is faith.
We can accept not just the process of growth, but the beauty of that process. It is purposeful and intentional. Nothing is wasted. No part of the process can be skipped, minimized or rushed through. The process itself is beautiful and productive–even before the harvest.
And through it all, God is faithful.
“Be patient, then, brothers and sisters…See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm…”