It was inevitable, I suppose. Californians have endured years of drought that have scorched our state and altered our way of life. We wondered if we’d ever see any relief. At last, the rain has returned, filling the aquifers, reviving the landscape – and we’d like it to stop.


   Yes, there are portions of the state where they’re suffering from mudslides, flooding, and other devastating side effects of so much rain. But many of us aren’t being inconvenienced beyond trying to remember if we own umbrellas, or getting wet in the few feet from the car to the house.

   Isn’t this a familiar pattern? We say we want change, then complain when God brings it, because His change requires us to change, too. We may have to get rid of bad habits, or reassess relationships, or commit more fully to serving Him. But when we have been parched, even dying of thirst, because of the lack of Living Water in our lives, how can we be anything but grateful when the Lord offers us a deluge of His love?

   God hears our prayers, and He sends us the answers we need. Sometimes, what we need and what we asked for are two different things. Sometimes, we think a sip of water will do, but God knows we need a torrent. It’s up to us, as His thirsty children, to welcome His answers with open minds and hearts, even when the force of His love can challenge us to the core.

   We have work to do, for the Lord and for each other. Let us break out our boots of faith, which let us stand firm and tall no matter the spiritual weather. Let us boldly ask God to shower us with the blessings we need, and let us joyfully welcome the downpour He sends. Let us come together to discern how God would have us serve Him. Let us work, gladly and tirelessly, in the healing rain.

            “Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. 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, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!”

                        James 5:7-9