How many times in life do we ask God to shower down blessings upon us? I can’t imagine a TV preacher not saying “Lord let your blessings RAIN DOWN upon us!” but how often are we afraid of rain?
I live in a town which rain happens in an infrequent manner, we are currently in a drought so when rain does come it seems like some drivers are unsure what to do! I always joke when going out in the rain “Folks are going to be afraid!” and I think that’s a perfect view of how we handle blessings that rain down upon us.
We love to be blessed! So why am I talking about hiding from a blessing? Why do we do this:
We want to be blessed but because we fear the real outcome of blessings because it is an unknown we put the umbrella up, and blessings land at our feet, hopefully we notice them!
I grew up in a old-timey Southern Baptist Church in which we sang a song called “Showers of Blessing” inspired in part by this verse:
26 I will bless my people and their homes around my holy hill. And in the proper season I will send the showers they need. There will be showers of blessing.
The song went like this:
There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.
Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need:
Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.
How often do we take and ask God for something HUGE, we say “God give me that job I need.” and when it doesn’t fit exactly like we imagined, we find ourselves umbrella up, because why would God give us the job at McDonalds if the job you asked for was on Wall Street? You asked God for something and while you may WANT something, God knows what you NEED.
When blessings come in life, maybe it’s time to stand in the rain and let it all wash over you, let as the song says “showers of blessing we need” maybe stop thinking you know what you NEED, and be excited and soaked in what God’s given you! Sometimes the a blessing is the start of many steps towards more good things, so maybe that job you didn’t expect will lead you into the job you always wanted.