“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)
My heart’s in the right place.
When I open my eyes each morning, I have good intentions of communicating first with my Heavenly Father.
Yet, too often, the to-do list in my brain has other ideas. Instead of praising Him for the gift of another day, my mind begins bouncing from one thing to another to another.
So…what’s a girl to do?
Take a rain delay.
There is something soul soothing about the sound of rain. When I was a little girl, I’d line up my Barbies beneath the big ole window in my bedroom. We didn’t have air conditioning, so Mama would open my window high to let the breeze and occasional raindrops blow through the screen.
It didn’t get any better than that.
But little girls grow up and play time turns into real life that is full of no free time.
When I observed that dark cloud quickly approaching my home office window, I decided to do something crazy.
I stepped back into my childhood.
I opened the window, despite the central air blowing through the vent below and the 200% humidity outside. Then, I went over to my little couch near that open window and laid down, with the symphony of rain playing in my head.
I was taking a rain delay.
When I woke up an hour later, the rain had stopped and the humidity in the room had increased to 300%.
But, the joy in my heart?
It’s amazing what a little rain delay can do.
“He says, be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10a (NIV)
How about you, dear one? When was the last time you took a breath…a pause…a rain delay in your life?
It can be whatever you want it to be, you know.
It’s the purpose of the rain delay that matters.
A rain delay revives our weary soul. Although I wish I were superwoman, the fact is that I am simply “woman”…and woman needed some rest. When I woke up from my rain delay, I wasn’t an hour behind. I was an hour better.
A rain delay returns focus to our Heavenly Father. Truth? I haven’t been spending time with God lately like He deserves. The stillness of my rain delay caused me to pause and pray and put God back in first place, where He belongs.
A rain delay doesn’t recognize regret. Life is short, friend. So short. Take a rain delay and don’t look back. You’ll be glad you did!
Oh Father, thank you for loving us like you do. Forgive us when we jump into our days and leave you behind. Help us to pause and take in all the blessings around us. Overflow our hearts with gratefulness and our actions with love. We adore you, God. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Spread your joy,