This is the month of April. Like the saying “April showers bring May flowers”, this month is most well known for its rain. Aside from myself, there aren’t too many people I know that actually love the rain.
Most, begrudgingly admit that we need it, while some of you may not even like to admit that much. The water floods our basements, sogs up our socks, ruins our hair, makes mascara run, and cuts short playtime outside.
What’s so good about the rain? Storms cause nothing but trouble! Don’t we say the same things about the storms in our lives, those pesky trials? What good can come from trials when there’s so much pain and aggravation.
Does a storm come only to destroy? No! The rains come to give life back to the land. The flowers of May cannot grow unless the rains of April come.
The same goes for trials.
They aren’t there to terminate us; they’re there to show us where we’re at and to grow us. We can’t get anywhere by staying in our comfort zone, sometimes you have to get wet.
What if a seed decided it didn’t want to go through the winter or the early spring months? If it could decide to skip being in those uncomfortable times, it would never grow into a plant. It could never become something beautiful and exuberant to be praised and smiled at by the gardener.
How about you? Would you rather skip the trials and miss out on being transformed into who you’re really meant to be?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I want to stay a tiny wrinkly seed. So open your hands, and welcome the trials as blessings. Stand in the rain with your arms open, soaking it in and know that God is with us always, the Perfect Gardener. In the end, after the storms, there is peace and beauty.
I hope this post has blessed you!
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