Rain Down

  • April 2, 2012
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“What do I write about?”  This, yes this, is the little insignificant question I’ve been tossing around in my head for the last 3 weeks or so.  Shouldn’t I be asking some other REAL question that I can (try to be educated on and) answer in this blog?  Afterall, in our first few NestSongs blogs, that was the goal.  I DO want to bring awareness and wisdom in the call to care for the least of these, and I will certainly strive to do so with all of my heart.  It is also my desire to share the Gospel with you.  To share the lessons my Father is teaching me, whether it is through caring for the orphan or whether it is in caring for my neighbor. I have come to know and treasure HIM so deeply, and HE is the reason I write.

I LOVE to write.  And, yet lately, I have felt paralyzed.  I am sure it’s just me.  Me.  I’m thinking too hard, trying too hard.

Me, myself, and I…it just gets in the way of GRACE, the real encounters with His Glory.

Photo Credit: Paul Kennedy

I hear Him tell my heart…just start writing and trust me.  So, I am writing, writing from my heart to yours.  Writing from what He is teaching me, right now.  Writing from the experiences of a daughter of two very amazing parents, and well, a daughter of The King; a wife of a man who is the most determined and passionate person I know; a mama of 3 beautiful, smart, and talented little/big boys; and a girl whose heart has been deeply stirred for the Gospel, the Church, and for the Orphan.  I have so much to learn and so many places to go with Him.  I cannot write about that which I do not know {yet}.  But, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

We are not called to know it all, but to GROW in grace and knowledge. 

Perhaps this is just one reason He says that our thoughts and our ways are not His…for His are much, much higher and we will never fully KNOW Him until we see Him face to face.  To be honest, that is a lifelong challenge for this answer-seeking, problem-solving, need-to-know-now-so-I-can-plan-my-day kind of gal!

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth…so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but shall succeed in the thing from which I sent it.” (Is.  55:8-11)

HIS WORD SUCCEEDS, every single time.

The Gospel is not God asking you to do something…it’s not something that man (“I”) thinks of…We RECEIVE God’s revelation like rain. (J. Vernon McGee)

So, should I RUN or WALK or just STAND for a while the next time it rains down?  I think He would say with a smile, just be all there, whichever method you choose.  In the same way that the physical rain waters the earth, the rainfall of HIs Word will quench my thirsty soul and water any seed that may fall…whether it’s in my 10 minute quiet time (though I long for 100 more), in friendship (especially the hard ones), in ministry, in laughter and sorrow, in teaching my children, in folding the 5th load of laundry for the day and in vacuuming crumbs up for the 25th. 

HIS WORD COMES DOWN ON ME. 

Photo Credit: Sherry Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HE IS ALIVE AND HE LIVES IN ME!

And I will not be empty but filled with all that Grace that answers every single question you or I could ever ask. 

The seemingly most insignificant ones like,

What do I write about? or Should I run or walk or just stand in this pouring rain (I dare you to give it a try:) ?

Or the most painful of wonderings,

Should I stay in this marriage when all trust has been shattered, time and again?

Or the deeply unfair, baffing, lay-awake-at-night questions,

Why are there 5 million people dying of water-related illnesses every year AND 15 million children orphaned in Africa alone because of AIDS…when the means to prevent these nightmares is not a dream but OUR reality?

{Lord, RAIN DOWN, RAIN DOWN.  Let your power fall. Let your voice be heard. Come and change our hearts as we stand on your word.  Open up Heaven, open it wide, over your church and over our lives}

Praying you SING the next time it rains.  

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Jodie