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When it rains it pours.


Life can change in the blink of an eye. One moment the sun is shining and all is right in the world and the next thing you know, things have gone south.

Yesterday, we dined at a local restaurant. I glanced out the window once and the sun was shining. The next time I checked there was a foreboding dark cloud. Well, as you can imagine, when we were leaving to go home the heavens opened up and dumped.

Our plans to go shopping seemed greater than our penchant to stay dry. As we ran (sprinted) across the parking lot, I jumped the river of water rolling through the parking lot. I would estimate the river to have been at least 8 feet wide. I made it to the truck and turned to see where Tracie was and didn't see her anywhere. (whose idea was it to park as far from the restaurant as we could?????)

Short story long, here came Tracie dancing across the lot and I yelled, "You better hurry up!!"

When we both jumped in the truck drenched from the jaunt, we giggled probably way too much for two people in their 50s. I asked her, how come you didn't jump the river and she quickly showed me her 3 inch heeled shoes....

After getting the truck running and heat blowing we talked about how quickly the rain came and how intense it was. We had actually had stood outside the restaurant until the rain slowed a bit. No sooner had we decided to make a break for it when a new curtain of water cascaded over us.

At the conclusion of our wet adventure it seemed as though we both felt a sense of blessing. In our drenched condition, our hearts were blessed, we felt like we had accomplished something together, and we were able to laugh about it.

"I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill. I will send down showers in season; there will be

showers of blessing." (Ezekiel 34:26, NIV)

How about you friends, does mayhem bombard you? Do you roll with the punch and find ways to giggle about the outcomes? I hope so. God can redeem our worst day and bless us with something far greater than wet shoes and dripping wet clothing. The next time it rains and pours, jump into it and sing a little as you jump rivers of water.


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