Gray skies in spring

I don’t always have a cheerful, sunny disposition…

The cellulitis I mentioned earlier has not completely cleared up, and since I am on my last day of antibiotics, I need to see the doctor before it relapses like it did before. This is an already busy week, leading into one of the busiest months of my year, and I was so hoping this issue would be resolved so I could get the things done I needed to without having to keep my foot elevated and go another round of antibiotics with their accompanying side effects.

Some part of my mind has been occupied with decisions relating to the month ahead, and there is always a sense of unsettledness and pressure until some of those decisions are made and the next steps of doing can be taken.

Then a couple of hours into the day I began not feeling well — I’ll spare you the details.

Our brief taste of spring has been replaced with a cold front and gray skies, and as I began to rustle up some breakfast and listen to the weather report on the radio of more coolness, cloudiness, rain, and probable coming thunderstorms, my mood matched the overcast scene out the window.

After the weather report, the announcer of the Christian radio station read Ezekiel 34:26, “And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.” Instead of cheering me, that verse reminded me of one church we attended where, on on any rainy day, we could count on being asked to sing “Showers of Blessing” or “Heavenly Sunlight” or “Sunshine In My Soul Today” in a manner of seemingly forced cheerfulness which usually had the opposite effect on me.

As I continued on with my breakfast preparations, though, I was reminded that our area has been suffering a drought for months, and a good soaking rain was sorely needed. Rain is often spoken of in the Bible as a blessing: in those days before irrigation was common, crops and livelihoods and health depended on good rains coming at the needed times.

And I began to see the irony of complaining and chafing against something that was essential to growth, health, nutrition and further blessing.

Even though my little irritations of the day can scarcely be compared to some of the serious and awful problems many in my church family and among my Internet friends are going through, I was reminded that trials of all sizes have their purpose, and sometimes they are just the needed thing for the next step of growth and Christlikneness to develop.

Hosea 10:12: “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.”

Lord, come and rain Your righteousness on me and forgive me for resenting the means of Your blessings. 


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12 thoughts on “Overcast

  1. Hi Barbara,
    thanks for your lovely comment on my blog…..you too have wonderful things here on your blog and I am happy to be a part of the community here to see lovély things like your blog..
    Kisses and big HUGS barbara

  2. Barbara,

    It is pouring rain where I am. I am sorry you are having a “down” day. I know we all have them, but we don’t like them. I pray tomorrow is a bit more sunny (literally and figuratively)

  3. Barbara,

    Thanks for visiting with me and taking the time to leave a comment…..

    I pray your cellulitis is much improved….

    Please come again…Betty

  4. It was a cold and grey morning here but the sun poked through for awhile today. This was a very good post, Barbara, and really spoke to me. Praying that cellulitis gets cleared up.

  5. I just love the movie ‘sound of music’. I particularly like the song that reminds us to think of our favourite things .. then we wont feel so bad. I can also remember a Christian song from the late 70’s which goes something like
    “Is the rain falling from the sky keeping you from singing. Is the tear falling from your eye , cause the wind is stinging. Don’t you fret now child
    Don’t you worry
    The rain’s to make you grow
    So don’t try to hurry the storm along
    The hard times make you strong.”

    I hope you feel stronger soon. Love reading your honest blog.

  6. I love the rain–I’m looking foward to this weeks rain—a time for coziness and tea. I made pea soup today–as a kid I hated it ; now I love it!! WEARD. Hope you start feeling better.

  7. What a great post. I am sorry that your cellulitis is still bothering you. I really hope and pray that it will go away. I am sure that God will shower you with blessings.

    Hugs, Sharon

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  9. Hi Barbara…I haven’t been online much of late but I always come by to check on you…*smile* I am praying for you and do so daily. The Lord is able to heal the celluitis and I am praying for just that for such a precious woman as you. Since having health problems myself, the Lord has gently spoken to me that these bodies of ours weren’t made to last forever. I really thought about this. Why then are we surprised when they start to give us trouble? *little smile* Still, I know that He is a healer for He has healed me so many times. I hope it helps to know that you are being prayed for, dear friend. ((HUGS))

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