Good Rain

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I remember snorkeling once as a teenager at a camp. It started out as a sunny day and then after an hour I looked at the sky and saw the storm was on me. I swam back to shore as quickly as I could before the rain got worse. I don’t know why I felt the urgency to rush back; I was already wet. I stood there on the shore and had one of those moments that spoke to me, saying, you’re soaked, why do you care if it’s raining? Laughing at it now, I also see that many times, as we go through life it starts out sunny and things change over time, and we wonder, wonder why it has gone dark and started to rain. Then when we realize that we need to adapt and respond to the changes of our surroundings. So, you’ve been working away for years; working away living life to wake up and see the changes that make you feel like you’ve been left behind. Just like me seeing the rain come, you may feel this false sense of urgency that may result in a quick solution to get back what you feel is right. The truth is you’re already wet.

When Abram was called by God to leave Ur, he was in a large city with occult practices and corruption. He was wet; his choice was to get out of the body of water and stand in the rain.

Genesis 12

12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

2 “I will make you into a great nation,

and I will bless you;

I will make your name great,

and you will be a blessing.

3 I will bless those who bless you,

and whoever curses you I will curse;

and all peoples on earth

will be blessed through you.”

4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.

The promised reward for standing in the rain are verses 2 – 4. At 75, Abram risked it all for a promise he would not realize, and yet it was worth it because in Ur, he was wet as well; might as well enjoy the rain.