Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Spring Rains

It's raining. I know that it's rained before... but this is different. I think this is our first REAL Spring Rain of the season.

It's warm out - 68 or so...it's been cloudy all morning, and humid. There's crazy lightning going on around me, and I hear the thunder sounding off when I don't see the flashes. It's not a scary lightning, just consistent.

It SMELLS like rain, with dirt and a dose of hyacinth mixed in, since we've been working so hard on the flower beds. The wind is non-existent, which is hard to believe for as hard as it's been blowing the past few days. I prefer it this way, with just a steady rain coming down.

OH, and the birds! They're so loud today, as if to announce that the rain is here (or all morning, that it was coming). Silliness.

I had a new thought... feeding birds in the winter is like planting seeds in the spring. They bring me joy, settle my spirit, and I need to invest in them to reap the reward of them...whether it's filling feeders and water bowls in the freezing temps, or pulling grass and weeds to make way for the flowers... they bring color and life to my home around me (and YOU!).
Investing in my relationship with God is the same. I need to not only know ABOUT Him, but KNOW HIM. I hope you know that difference too. Sometimes I hear about things He is doing, and I wonder if He would do that for me here. Sometimes I feel distant or afraid. Sometimes I'm just lonely, forgetting He is here WITH me, and He is FOR me!

I don't need to go very far before I realize how close He is, and how present He is in my life. I forget that sometimes I get distracted, and sometimes I'm craving time with Him, and He is there all along, waiting for me... I think I hear Him calling me now...

Oh, that we might know the LORD! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring. - Hosea 6:3 NLT

Blessings on your Wednesday!