“Through HIM then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to GOD, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge HIS name.” Hebrews 13:15
Through Him we receive continuity. He reminds us of great gifts worthy to be praised. When we speak his name…it is fruit. Sweet. Nourishing. His name. Jesus.
Do we speak to Jesus in the joy? In the pain? In the sunny weather? In the rain?
Yesterday, I ran four miles in what began as a sprinkle. Four women set out for a regularly scheduled run down a familiar road. What emerged though was a run in the pouring rain. There was no lightening or thunder…just a steady morning rain. It was exhilarating, cold, scary, and peaceful.
Exhilarating because I remember fondly running in the rain in my younger years…in high school track/cross country practices…in Florida it rains a lot in the spring and summer. Serious runners practice daily. Rain or shine. It’s kind of fun to run in the rain especially with friends. (By the way I’m not a serious runner any more…I’m lucky to get in 2-3 runs per week!)
Cold. When you get wet to the core. It is cold. I don’t really like being cold. At one point in the run I turned back early. The group was set to run 5 miles. I didn’t want to do that in my head. I was willing to turn back alone just to be done sooner.
Scary. I never run alone in the dark. My friends asked, “are you sure?” when I wanted to turn back early. I said, “yeah you go ahead I’ll text you when I’m driving home.” I ran quickly through the rain, thru the dark, and fast! Nothing motivates you more to pray and run quickly than the fear of someone jumping out of the bushes to get you! No body jumped out of the bushes…cars drove quickly by, and I made is safely back to my car. Thank God I even packed a towel yesterday!
Peaceful. Running alone and especially running in the rain is peaceful. I did not need to speak to friends yesterday. I needed to speak to the Rain Maker.
Thank you for the rain. Thank you for the sweet and powerful peace it brings. Running through the rain reminds me that You are always there. You fell to Earth to be with us…to be one of us. Your Son walked through this world, navigated hard times, and died on a cross to save each and every one of us. We need Your cleansing power. We praise you for your goodness. Seeing your grace in the sunny and rainy days of my life, thank you for being ever present.
Amen, and amen.