“Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you.” Joel 2:23
The former rains have begun. It is a time to rejoice. In the natural, I can get sad now: the days are shorter, the temperature is lower, and it seems a bit dreary. But also, in the natural, I am thankful this dry thirsty ground is getting a good drink of water from heaven. I can rejoice that it is time to snuggle in and hear the Lord and dream new dreams and wait in quiet. I have a cup of coffee at my side and I am waiting…and silent…and trying to hear His voice as He faithfully rains on us.
My rain boots are by the door; my umbrella is not far away. I walk under His wet promises knowing they will mean green in spring. I think of what soup to make today and wonder what time to take a long walk.
Interestingly the Hebrew says this: For He has given you the former rain ‘for or toward righteousness’. Yes, Abba…rain with righteousness on Israel. Rain toward righteousness on Jerusalem. Rain toward righteousness on me and in me and through me! I want to walk in this wet faithfulness in this dry land.