UpBeat Spiritual Living: The Former Rain and the Latter Rain
© 2012 Kebba Buckley Button. World Rights Reserved
This evening, it’s another quiet time in our tree-filled neighborhood. No sirens or helicopters tonight, no doorbell or phones ringing. It’s serene and peaceful. Still, there is movement. The trees are rustling lightly. In the garden, the geckos traverse the walls. The neighbor’s cat perches on the top of the high wall by the big pine tree, absorbed in the activities of the birds. The hummingbirds have their nest in the top of the pine tree, and the cat can’t get that high. She has tried. The doves are vigilant, and they visit the waters of the wabi basin often, without ever being stopped by the cat. Still, her hope springs eternal.
Now some plit plit sounds are tapping on the roof. More plits. Now many small ones falling rapidly. They dot the patio table and make dark round marks on the chair cushions there. Hopefully the plits will turn into a heavy rain. The earth wants the life that the rain offers. We’ve been waiting for rain.
Humans are often waiting for rain. Acts 14:17 (NIV) offers: “Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” Deuteronomy 11:14 (NIV) talks about “the former rain” and “the latter rain”: “then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil.” The “former”, or early rain, moistens and starts the growth of the crop seeds. The “latter”, or late rain, comes to bring the fattening crop to full harvest. There are different rains for different purposes.
God’s provision is generous. Joel 2:23 (NIV) says: “Be glad, O people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains in righteousness. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.” Deuteronomy 28:12 (NIV) goes further: “The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.” So the Lord will bless and enlarge all our efforts, making sure we have so much that we will never even need to borrow. Rather, we will be the lenders and blessers out of our plentitude.
Plit plit. Plitty plitty plitty. We are ready. We are ready for the downpour that cleanses and gives plentitude and new life. Wash us and make us new. Plitty plittyplittyplittyplitty…
● Rev. Kebba Buckley Button is the author of the 2012 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core.
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