I’m listening to a storm roll in this morning.
And it’s glorious.
You see, we get very little rain here in Austin throughout the year – but in March and April? That’s the time we usually stockpile our rain for the drought that is an Austin summer.
But this March brought historic lows in rainfall – I’m not sure if it rained at my house even once.
And this in the month we decided to redo our landscape! You might be thinking that our front yard looks really awesome right now. What you don’t know is that I tore up half of our yard last week thinking that the long strands of “crab grass” were weeds. Turns out that was my GRASS.
I also decided to put draino in our dishwasher yesterday since it didn’t seem to be washing our dishes very well. Yeah. You, dear reader, now know why I spent the money that was saved for new cabinets on a new dishwasher.
Not that these home improvement projects are very important in the grand scheme of things. Our 12-year old house needs a little upkeep, and we’re going to have to remodel the kitchen slightly to make an office nook since we eventually need to use the third bedroom/office as another child’s bedroom (we hope!).
But there are more important things. Like my mom gets some very important test results tomorrow. And our church just came back from a conference where we all re-oriented around God’s mission.
The rain this morning is reminding me of God’s provision. His sovereignty. His grace.
As I pray for my son, I know that God loves him and cares for him more than I do.
As my mom waits to hear her test results, we know that God is in control and that his plans are always the ones that can bring the most glory to Him.
As the people of our church commit to making disciples, I know that God is more powerful than the enemy who will try to stop them.
As I look at the many recent foolish mistakes I’ve made, I can rest in the knowledge that God accepts me and loves me exactly as I am – not only when I do everything right.
So I welcome this rain, Lord. Thank you, thank you, thank you for it.