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.