It rained in my neighborhood last week. I know most of you are thinking, “Big Deal!” Sure, if you are buried under a few feet of snow & have rain on a regular basis, this may seem like a big nothing. Here in SoCal, it’s a really big deal. We have had less than an inch of rain in our area since last July! LESS THAN AN INCH!!! Not good.
I also know most of you in the rest of the country make fun of us out here in sunny SoCal & our reaction when it rains. The weather is all they talk about on all the local newscasts. Traffic becomes even more of a mess. People act like the sky is falling. I’m glad we are able to put on a good show for the rest of the nation. Stop & think about it though: when a rare weather pattern occurs in a part of the nation, like snow in Florida. this may be a common occurrence for you but it is a rare (these days VERY rare) happening out here.
Which leads me to today’s lesson! 🙂 Some people experience problems throughout their lives. While this may be a pain, it often strengthen them for the next struggle, big or small. It might not be pleasant going through problems however, people that regularly experience difficulties seem better able to prepare for the next problem &, when it comes along, ready to handle it.
Then there are people that never seem to have problems. Sure, it would be great to lead such a blessed life but, as the saying goes, a little bit of rain falls into everyone’s life sometime. If you have never struggled, you may not have the strength to face a challenge. Consider the parable about the 2 people building their houses beside a river. One, not knowing any better, wanted waterfront property so she decided to build her house right alongside the river, on very sandy soil. The second woman has experience with rivers (at least in MY version of this story!) She built her house farther back from the water on a solid rock. When bad weather came, the river rose causing the sandy soil to shift & the waterfront house to fall to pieces. The house built on the rock remained strong no matter how bad the weather got to be!
Whether it rains often in your area or rarely, the key to coming through it with your house dry, you must prepare. Sometimes, you must fortify your house, like the people that put sandbags around their homes last week. In life, we prepare ourselves for problems the same way. We build a network of friends that can advise & support us when things get tough. We read the Bible. No matter what you are experiencing, that story is in the Bible! We pray. And when things get really bad, like floods, we fortify our lives by asking others to pray for us.
Stress stinks! Prepare for the rain in your life. Build your life on a rock of faith & keep it strong. That gives you a Live of Simple Joy even in a downpour!