My umbrella by the door

As I have said before I am not the world most patient person. For example when I have grown a veggie garden it has taken all my energy not to dig down to look at the seeds to see if there are any signs of growth. Ramos jokes that the plants only grow because I intimidate them by poking them until they grow. This weekend I felt like Elijah’s servant running up and down a mountain looking for signs of rain in the desert.

1 Kings 18:41-45  And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.”  42  So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.  43  “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”  44  The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.'”  45  Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain came on and Ahab rode off to Jezreel.

In faith I believe that God will bring a rain of blessing to our circumstances but I feel like this weekend I have been running back up and down to God saying I don’t see the cloud yet. There have certainly been drops of rain felt – many emails, phone calls and messages of prayer and support in response to last week’s post – each drop washing a bit of dust from our heads. There was even a spring shower of a great sermon on Sunday (I’ll put the link once it is uploaded).

One of my favourite smells in the whole world is the small of the first rains – I have only smelt this in South Africa and Malawi  – the ground has to be totally dried out and the first rain drops fill the air with the most delicious earthy smell. So although our desert has yet to spring into a lush meadow  I can smell the rain coming.

Hosea 10:12  Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.

So in our desert place I will not  stop seeking God and looking for clouds – this is not a passive time of sitting and waiting. In faith my welly boots and umbrella are by the door.

12 Replies to “My umbrella by the door”

  1. I can’t wait to hear about your spring shower.

    Now, as for digging up seeds, you are talking to a girl who actually did that. In my defense, after I dug up the ground (again!). I found out they were not growing. Could it be from all of the digging?

  2. My impatience waiting for God’s timing….You have a great blog. I enjoyed reading it and have signed up for it. Thanks for visiting my blog and glad we connected over the internet. I look forward to coming back here.

    Let me know about the rain……

    1. Thanks for the visit & for joining up – I’ve really enjoyed the people I’m meeting through Michelle link up – God is gerat that he speaks to us all in our own circumstances.

  3. Yes, definitely, I am Elijah running back, and back, and back… Great post and much needed.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog, I will be stopping in heremuch more! 😉

  4. Oh my I can relate to the impatientness — I too have been known to run back and forth, complaining I don’t see any sign yet. God has infinite patience with us, doesn’t He? So grateful for that…and for you and your wise and honest words here.

    Thank you for linking up today!!

  5. “So in our desert place I will not stop seeking God and looking for clouds”…oh Tracey, catching up here on last week & this post…my heart aches for you all…there is a pain so deep that only GOD can touch it…

    These thoughts come to mind– “There is no pit so deep that GOD is not deeper still” -Corrie Ten Boom

    Also: Habakkuk 2:3 “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.”

    1. Thanks Connie – I’m currently covering my computer tower with all the fantastic quotes and verse people have sent me this week – they will help me keep looking for that cloud.

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