Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Bring the Rain

I can count a million times
People asking me how I
Can praise You with all that I've gone through
The question just amazes me
Can circumstances possibly
Change who I forever am in You

Maybe since my life was changed
Long before these rainy days
It's never really ever crossed my mind
To turn my back on you, oh Lord
My only shelter from the storm
But instead I draw closer through these times
So I pray

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain

I am yours regardless of
the clouds that may loom above
because you are much greater than my pain
you who made a way for me
suffering your destiny
so tell me whats a little rain

I can't tell you how much this song has spoken to me over the last couple of days. I wish I knew how to download it on here so I could share it with you. This really describes my walk with the Lord. I have gone through stuff in my life and people have actually said, "I just don't know how you can go through this with a smile on your face." And I just don't get it. Could my circumstances really change my dependence on the Lord? Could they really change who I am in Christ? No. Nothing can change who He has made me. Nothing in my past makes me that person anymore. I am changed, forgiven. So why in the world would I want to turn my back on Him when I go through rainy times? The fact that people atcually do this is unfathomable to me. It really has never crossed my mind to turn my back on Him. He is what gets me through rainy times. Yes, I have doubted before. But I have taken those doubts to God and He has reaffirmed my faith everytime.

I don't know why God wants to have a relationship with me. I am flawed, broken, imperfect. But that is what makes me useable. God doesn't use perfect people, THANK THE LORD!! Because none of us is perfect. I am humbled beyond words that God loves me and wants to use me to further His kingdom. I don't understand it, but I wouldn't want to serve a God that I could understand. I am thankful He is bigger than my pain. I am thankful He is big enough to handle my problems, my questions, my doubts, and love me anyway. I am thankful that He has blessed me beyond my wildest dreams. Like I said, I don't understand it, but I am thankful. Grateful. Humbled. Blessed. When you are going through something you have a choice to make: to run to Him or away from Him. Please run to Him.

So, if my problems are what it takes to praise Him and bring Him glory, bring the rain.

6 comments:

Stephen Shirley said...

Wow...

I am really speechless after reading this post. I wish I could reflect more at this time on what you wrote. But I just took a quick break while at work to read this.

Honey, I love you so much. The journey on which you are travelling is teaching you (and me) amazing things. Your spirit shines so brightly in this blog and your thoughts are so deep and resonate with your passion to follow His guiding.

I love you.

Laurie said...

Hey Girl,

The "word picture" I get while reading this post is that your heart is a garden and Jesus is the gardener. In order for new growth to take place, a seed first falls into the soil, and as the rain falls, it opens and takes root and in time, new growth pops up from beneath and grows towards the sun and is seen by those around you. Your "growing pains" are happening beneath the surface right now in your heart but will soon spring forth and you will see the growth.
Be encouraged as it does not rain forever, and after, the most beautiful rainbow appears, the promise of the Lord. You are so sweet and loved.

Laurie in Ca.

Mary Alice said...

Elizabeth,

You have one of the sweetest hearts of anyone I have ever known. You truly "get it" and your spirit teaches me every time I read your words. (I just need to be more intentional about letting you know, I am a BAD commenter!)

I sometimes feel like everything you have written, I could have written too and it brings me comfort to know that.

You are precious, friend. I love you!

jtcosby said...

I so enjoy reading your blog. You are though provoking and encouraging. I am thankful for the thoughts you are thinking as I understand them and want to grow with the what I am learning...you are awesome!!!

Laurie said...

I just wanted to let you know I am thinking about you and praying for you this week, asking Him to direct your path. You are a very sweet lady and friend.

Love you, Laurie

Laurie said...

I just want you to know I am thinking about you this Monday morning and starting my week out with prayers for you. I am always here if you need to talk and I pray you get the guidance you are seeking during this time. The
Lord is faithful and He knows your sweet heart better than anyone. Your spirit is sweet.

Love, Laurie in Ca.