It is tradition in many Baptist churches in India to close with the song “Showers of Blessing.” It’s the one tune I recognize in their services and can sing along with. Its interesting to think of blessings coming as rain, for we usually don’t like rain and pray for sunny weather. But it is the rain that brings refreshment, cleansing and growth. We need the rain to bring good results, but we don’t like it when it rains.
That’s true of the monsoons in India that bring great amounts of rain in August-September. Most of the people suffer greatly because of their exposure to the elements. Yet without the monsoons there would not be water or crops for the coming year and millions would die.
I’ve been thinking about the way I expect to receive God’s blessings. I want them to come in sunny weather, and when it rains in my life I feel anything but blessed. But I’m starting to realize that the greatest blessings I have received in life have come through times of rain, not sunny skies. God blesses me greatly in India, but it seems to always be in stormy conditions, sometimes in deluges of rain. Yet I am learning to look for the blessings: the privilege of teaching His magnificent truths to over a thousand hungry pastors (plus 500 wives), the humbling pleasure of praying for individuals and pronouncing God’s blessings on them, the joy of giving each one 7 books to greatly help them and others and the awesome fellowship we share with these fine people in Jesus’ name.
If there is a relationship between the amount of rain and the productivity of the crops, then there certainly is a relationship between the struggles and stretching we face and the blessings God bestows through it. Unfortunately often we only see the rain and don’t notice the crops that come from it. But remember: blessings come from showers. Ask god to send you showers of blessing, and look past the showers to see the blessings. And remember that all sunshine makes a desert.
Ezekiel 34:26-27 I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing. The trees of the field will yield their fruit and the ground will yield its crops; the people will be secure in their land. They will know that I am the LORD.
What ‘showers’ are happening in your life now? What is your attitude to them? What blessings is God bringing about through them? (If you don’t see the blessings, ask God to show you, for one follows the other.)