This morning I woke up to the resounding sound of torrential rain pounding on the tin roof of the Wellspring Foundation for Education apartment. It seems as though each time I am in Kigali Rwanda there is at least one storm where the rain pours down to renew refresh and revitalize. These storms provide needed water to the parched grass, plants and soil. They refill the reservoirs to provide water to wells and containers thereby delivering necessary water to the people. The storms also provide a cleansing of the air and a respite from the heat of the day.
What came to mind as I lay in my bed listening to the rainstorm was the additional impact and influence the storms have. For me these rains regenerate my mind, body and my soul. I feel re-energized, invigorated and uplifted. These moments are so welcome.
I also thought that these storms are not a daily occurrence. Although much welcomed for there cleansing power, they are intermittent and not constant. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful if this reviving of the soul could occur everyday?
I realized though that there is a daily source of revival that I neglect. Our God provides daily provision of living water that can revive. Only if I take the time to listen closely and pay attention to Him as I heard the relentless rains this morning.He normally does not shout at you to get your attention as the relentless noise of the rain does. I tend to ignore His voice, His quiet steadfastness and miss the opportunities for revival and refreshment from Him.
Yet, He will shout, invade your awareness and catch your attention when He determines it is necessary. And when you listen, hear and accept God’s daily living water it is of grander impact and influence than the refreshing rains.
I encourage you to take some time daily to lift your head, your hands and your heart to hear and accept God’s call for renewal and refreshment. Do so on the good days as well as the days that seemed to not have gone as well as you hoped. Even though not deserved, God will provide you with the forgiveness and grace to renew refresh and revive.
The rainstorms and God’s living water are both gifts. Just as you receive and appreciate the water God provides, receive His daily gift of grace and thank Him for both.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8