Staying Encouraged During Times of Discouragement
by Sarah Inman, Team Member of Team Thailand
FIVE MONTHS AND STILL NO RAIN. Drought had come for the third year in a row. Villages brought water in by truck. The wells and water tanks were drying up rapidly. Temperatures rose to 113°, and humidity made it seem even hotter. When drought comes, you begin to realize how dear the simple things in life really are. Sometimes drought comes wearing a different face, and it attempts to dry up your spirit. A loss? A loved one gone astray? Finances? Your ministry? Your job?
One morning the drought of discouragement came to claim our souls. Numbly we went through the motions of the day, but inside we felt empty and dry. We clung to the promises of God as tightly as we could and searched for His hand. We needed the living water. At one point, my husband stated, “You know, if it rained today, it would be a good day.”
I doubted. “We are in the middle of the longest drought.” I thought, “Why get your hopes up?”
Within the hour we heard rumbling through the sky. A strong breeze began to blow through the house. Amazed, we raced outside to see dark clouds rolling over the mountains. The wind in my face seemed to fill my entire being; then the miracle began. The rain began as a soft mist—so soft it looked like snow. It continued to fall heavier and heavier. With tears of joy, we danced in the rain. Our burden had not altered, but our spirits were refreshed as we embraced God’s message of love.
Drought comes to each of our lives at some time, in some way. When it comes, realize the precious gift we have in the simple things God gives, look for the expression of His love in your life, and don’t forget to dance in the rain!
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