Thursday, June 23, 2011

When it pours . . .


When it rains, it pours!

No, I'm not talking about the wonderful rain we've received and are so thankful for. I'm thinking of the troubles, difficulties, illnesses and tragedy that have "rained" down on the families of our church and community within the last few months. With each phone call or text or message relaying more bad news, it seems that a little more breath is knocked out of me.

It's at these moments I must be still and be reminded that He is still God and is in control. I CAN trust Him - always - even when I don't understand. I like the words of the song that say:
God is too wise to be mistaken.
God is too good to be unkind.
So when you don’t understand,
When you don’t see His plan,
When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.

Easy to do? I never said that!

Did you notice in the above pic of the salt box that the timeless little girl is spilling out her salt in the pouring rain? I see a lesson in that for us - for me . . . and it's not one that most of us ace on the first test! Do you think God says to us, when a deluge of troubles almost sweeps us off our feet, "Someone is watching. Don't give up your faith! Be the salt of the earth in the midst of your trials. I can use you - in spite of your feelings of weakness - to touch those around you. I can be glorified. Carry the umbrella of my promises - but let your salt pour!"


(Edit: Words to song by Babbie Mason and Eddie Carswell)

13 comments:

Ginny said...

a wonderful devotional for today, we ARE to be the salt of the earth. And if we lose our saltiness, we are fit to be thrown out!

Mari said...

Wow - I just love this analogy!

Nancy said...

Glenda, this is SO good!! And so encouraging in this hard time for so many of our church family. I do pray that I can be His salt in my world. Thank you SO much for letting His light shine through you!!!

Dawn said...

It definitely is hard when we keep hearing and experiencing difficulties. There are so many. Right now I feel overwhelmed with loose ends that are driving me nuts. I love this one, as usual.

And the previous post - I just love listening to the little girls in their play. I love that they are creative in their imaginations.

S. Etole said...

You do these so well ... have you ever done a booklet of devotionals?

Connie said...

What a great post. One to remember.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

This is encouraging! I know many with this feeling also

Dorothy said...

I echo what Mari said, it's a wonderful analogy! Thanks!

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Oh, my, Glenda. I'm so sorry to hear about the trouble you're going through. I feel your pain, but know with the faith you have, everything with be okay. Yes, there are many trails with our church families, but God is able to bring us though the firey furnace. God bless you.

Nancy said...

It does seem that so many are having tough times and much sadness but our God is soverign and we need to clinge to that. This is a wonderful post!!!

Beth said...

Wow! A light went on inside my head and heart! I never thought of that picture on my salt box that way. That's really a blessed insight and it makes absolute sense.
Thank you for sharing that, Glenda.
I will join you in prayer also.

Karen said...

Wow this is a great message, Glenda. The pastor last week told us, if we want our kids to walk with God, we need to demonstrate "getting it right". I know that includes trusting God when we don't understand why things happen.

Karin said...

Another inspirational analogy! Thanks!