After eleven years of living in Texas, one thing I’ve learned is that if you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes. It will change. A couple years ago, we went months without rain. The ground cracked open. The foundation of my house sank.
Earlier this year it seemed like it would never stop raining. A few weeks ago I could have sworn I saw animals walking two by two down the street. But that’s the way life is, isn’t it?
When it rains, it pours.
So often our lives sound like an old country song. Your wife leaves you. You boss fires you. Your dog dies. How often don’t problems seem to pile up all at once? When it rains it pours.
And when it pours we get frustrated. We throw up our arms and say, “What else can go wrong?” Then when something does go wrong, we mumble under our breath, “It figures.” We look up at the dark, cloudy skies and say, “God, why are you doing this to me?”
Why do problems seem to pile up all at once in our lives? Sometimes it’s because we put blinders on. When we are frustrated, when we are hurting, when things aren’t working out the way we want them to, we tend to see only on the problems in our lives. We start looking for the next thing to go wrong.
We fail to see the flood of blessings which God showers on us every day. We forget that we have air to breathe and food to eat. We look right past our homes and trucks and iPhones. We forget what life was like before air conditioning and flat screen TV’s and John Deere riding lawn mowers.
Besides all that, God has blessed us with family and friends to stand by us in our joys and sorrows. We have churches and pastors to support us in good times and bad. Most importantly, we have God’s Word – his promises of forgiveness and heaven in Jesus.
Sometimes problems seem to pile up in our lives because we are only looking at the problems and we fail to see the tsunami of blessings God has poured on our lives.
At times, though, when it rains, it really does pour. A number of people you love die in a short period of time. Your health deteriorates. You lose your home. From time to time, God does let the problems pour down, but he always does so for a reason.
Sometimes it’s to test us and make us stronger. James, the brother of Jesus, once wrote, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:2,3). At other times God sows suffering in our lives because it will sprout wonderful blessings later on. The Apostle Paul tells us, “In all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28). When God pours problems in our lives, it is always for our good.
When it rains, it pours. Every day, in good times and bad, God floods our lives with blessings. Remember that the next time you’re going through one of life’s storms. Stop focusing on what’s wrong in your life and recognize all that’s right. Then you’ll be able to say with a smile on your face, “When it rains, it pours.”