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TODAY THE WORDS are RAINY DAYS. This seemed like an appropriate subject with the weather making a “splash” lately. It seems like it has rained almost every day for about 3 weeks and it can be as devastating as a drought. I see posts where prayers for the farmers to be able to get their crops harvested. When the farmers are affected, all of us are affected by prices or scarcity of goods in our stores. What we do know, unless NASA is playing with our weather, is we average humans are defenseless against Mother Nature. We are either blessed with a good combination of rain, sunshine, cool and warm weather. When storms come, the meteorologists can forecast the severity, but even they get them wrong sometimes and a hurricane or tornado will chart a different route and do severe damage. Weather, is like life; it is unpredictable. What do we do to prepare for rainy days? Do we stock up emergency supplies and food? Do we save money for those rainy days? Or do we do like most of the population and take our chances? Then do we moan and groan when we find ourselves short? I see it in posts, in conversations, on the news, and in our churches. Some people like to see themselves as victims and spout out “Life isn’t fair” and “Why me, O Lord?” Life happens to all of us and on any given “rainy day” we are faced with downpours of troubles. I heard the phrase, “He or she was born with a silver spoon in their mouth” So what? I see wealthy people who have lost their shirts. Do you think every homeless person was a homeless person all of their life? Somehow, someway, something happened and changed the course or the track of their personal storm. When we are faced with a storm in our life, do we look around for shelter, protect our families and friends or do we say, Oh well, there is nothing I can do and start the blame game? Now, for the deeper thought…..We are facing the storms of life every day and either we can seek shelter in God’s protection or are we going to start the blame game and try to excuse why we didn’t heed the “storm” warning. I can assure you the most accurate meteorologist is God as He has every “storm of life” tracked. God knows what we will face and how we will react. God helps those who help themselves and God loves hearing prayers of thanks for the fair weather blessings He bestows and the storms He prevents or turns the eye of the storm away from us. Today, if we look at our storehouses, let us prepare, let us pray, let us worship, and let us stop blaming others for our “normal life problems”. A little rain or even a downpour will happen in our lives; it is how we react to it that makes us a Godly person or a “self made victim”. Our choice!!
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.
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