I woke up this morning with the words 'Sunshine and Rain' on my mind. I knew then that I needed to take a walk with God and ask him about this. So off I headed into the sunshine of the morning asking him to tell me more.
Over the next 20 minutes or so, he shared this with me...
The sunshine that you feel right now, the warmth that radiates is uplifting, inspiring, revigorating and you need this. For in the sunshine we shine. We can smile easily, we enjoy the days, we relish times together. For nature, sunshine helps draw out new life. Flowers bloom and new growth shoots from pruned trees.
However, we need the rain as much as we need the sunshine. The rain softens the hardened earth and allows plants to push their roots down further giving them strength to withstand storms. A weak root system and the plant will not survive the fierce and battering winds to come. The same applies to us. We need the rain so that our hardened hearts and the secret places where we hide away the emotions and hurts can be softened, to let Christ do the work that he needs to in us. As the rains seeps through, the ground softens and the root systems find it easier to move further down into the earth. We have to let Christ soften us. We have to let the rain seep through into our lives so he can work on those areas which we have pushed aside to forget. The rain is when God is fine tuning our hearts to beat in time with his. It is in these moments that refreshing change starts.
Sunshine and rain work together to bring growth and strength. Both are vital to our spiritual growth and have a purpose. While it may be rough during the rainy weather, we tighten our grip on the promises that God has given us. He will never leave us (Deuteronomy 31:6), He is our rock and our fortress (Psalm 18:2) and he promises to turn our mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11). When the sunshine comes, we will see new growth and God will be able to use us in new ways, for we have been strengthened.
I encourage you today if you are experiencing sunshine or rain, rejoice. For you are not alone. God is there and this season you are experiencing may be challenging however God has a plan. He will take this challenge and turn it around. You need to seek him. You need to press in and plant your roots firmly into Christ so that you can withstand the battering winds. Enjoy the sunshine when it comes, realise the work that God has completed in you and celebrate for this is another step in your journey to fullfil your destiny in Christ.