"The One Who Makes the Rain"
(©2012 by: Bob Perks)

6-7-2012 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #691
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Bob Perks

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Story of the Week
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"The One Who Makes the Rain"
(©2012 by: Bob Perks)

Hot. Steamy. Humid.

The sun baked everything in its view drying the earth to the very roots of my newly mowed lawn.

The air was thick and every breath was like drinking warm water. I'm not a hot summer guy. Maybe if I can sit in the shade with a cold glass of iced tea. Maybe if I am tired enough to soak for awhile in my own sweat knowing that there may be a cool chill with the slightest breeze against my skin.

Hot days like this remind me of life challenges. They make you uncomfortable for awhile. You try to convince yourself that it won't last for long. Even if it does it is just a season you are going through. It is sure to change if you hold off long enough.

Or you can make changes.

Until then you sweat, complain, talk about where you are and where you'd rather be.

Sometimes these seasons of life linger longer than normal. They arrive early and stay later. They steal days from other, more comfortable times. But that is life.

The heat of this day will be fondly remembered when the wind chill outside reaches below freezing. It's odd how we look back at some of the worst times of our lives and find comfort in the lesson learned in spite of the fact that it brought us to our knees.

But, that is life.

Retreating inside I sat in my chair in my office. Although I was out of the sun the warmth of the day, the thick humid air followed me.

"Oh, what I would give for central air!" I sighed and peeled the damp t-shirt off of me.

Then off in the distance I could hear thunder. Normally the sounds of an approaching storm would cause me to worry what it might have in store for us.

Thunder meant rain. Rain meant relief. I'll take a little thunder if it brought about relief.

The house shook and my three dogs went to their regular hiding places.

I stood by the window at the top of the stairs. I watched the dark clouds move in and behind them flashes of lightning. The first few drops of rain hit the roof top of the building next door. The heat- baked shingles turned them instantly into vapor.

Then it poured. Relief.

The gutters began to fill to overflowing washing away the dust and fallen leaves. I watched as rain drops raced down the telephone wires that came from up the hill.

In my rain induced trance I reflected on the way life had been lately.

As the saying on the salt box goes, "when it rains it pours."

I am happy to say that works both ways. I have had at times in my life a series of accumulated bad things occur all at once, but I have also experienced an out pouring of great things flood my days.

But, that is life.

I wanted so much to stand in the rain. When I was a child I would have. Now, life, logic and growing up, tells me lighting could strike me.

Perhaps that is what I need right now, a big bolt of God's power to zap me, recharge my life, my dreams.

It is a season of my life and I can either wait for it to change or call upon all the powers of God to help me make the changes.

Sometimes you sweat from working hard.

Sometimes you sweat from worry.

It has been my experience in life thus far that if I am working hard on the plans God has for me He will send the rain to cool me, quench my thirst and wash away my worries.

No matter the season of your life, you will always find shelter from the storms if you trust in the One who makes the rain.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.

(From: George Santayana (1863 - 1952 )

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Help me to make the best of Now.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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