Friday, May 8, 2009

And So I Thank the Lord

We've had a lot of rain lately here in the south. My rain gauge is proof. And those two and a half inches came all in one night! I've been hearing people saying over and over that they're sick of the rain. Tired of it! Want it to stop. To go away!

Careful what you wish for! Just two short years ago we were having a drought. No rain. All the grass was an ugly scorched brown. Some of the trees died. There was a very real threat of forest fires out here in the country where we live. It was scary.

Right now everything is so GREEN! The trees. The grass. The weeds. The muskadine vines. Just a beautiful, lush green everywhere.

Sometimes we take things for granted I think. We just take it for granted that we will get just the right amount of rain. Not too much. Not too little. But when it does get dry and the ground is parched, then we start complaining and praying for rain. On the other hand, when we get a lot of rain and everything is growing at such a fast pace we just take it for granted. We enjoy it and expect it.

I remember the night before I got married. Our pastor took my husband-to-be and myself in his office and talked to us after church that Wednesday night. The only thing I really remember about that talk was that he told us to never take each other for granted. He told us that it was really easy to fall in the habit of expecting each other to do certain things. I'm sure that sometimes God is taken for granted in our lives. I need to remember that God sends the rain or He can hold it back. I should remember always to thank Him when He supplies my needs.

Back when I was just a young girl one of my friends that lived next door and I would sing a song that she called the "Johnny Appleseed Song". I'm not sure where it came from but we would sing it with all the gusto we could muster. It went like this:

"O the Lord is good to me. And so I thank the Lord.

For giving me, the things I need...

the sun and the moon and the apple seed...

.the Lord is good to me!"

And so He is!

"Thank you Lord for all the beautiful green-ness you have put before my eyes daily. Thank you that we don't have to be thirsty. Thank you that we don't have to worry about our woods catching on fire. Thank you for the rain!"

"He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth." Psalm 72: 6


***Saturday a.m. update****

This is what is going on right now in north MS. :)


Anonymous said...

Very good! Everytime I see the pictures of your place, I am reminded of home because my first 9 years were spent about
2 miles from where you live. Thanks for sharing!

Leah said...

Oh how very good He is to me. What a cute song--never heard it. I am so thankful for the rain and I try to remember that the Lord is sending what HE knows we need.

Thank you for the precious note. I do hope you are being blessed by Trusting God's Heart. It challenged me to believe God in all things and at all times.


Yolanda said...

I am so thankful for the drinks that the Lord has blessed us with this spring. We have been in a drought, many dust storm days and right now everything is lush and beautiful. Lord, turn the water jars over from heaven.

Love to you Miss Marilyn!!

Lisa said...

We too have had a lot of rain. The last couple of days I have been taken in by how green everything is. All the different shades of green. Thank You for reminding me to be thankful today!
Blessings - Lisa

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Love the graphic included! We've been getting a lot of rain over our way too. I don't mind it; the farmers need it badly, and on days when it rains, it gives me permission to pause more and hear the whispers of heaven.

Happy post-Mother's Day Marilyn. Have you spent a night in the cabin yet?


Joyful said...

Marilyn, I had a girlfriend who always sang that little song as her blessing before she ate a meal. That brings back childhood memories.

Driving home from the trailer tonight we were listening to the song, "Downpour". How my heart often needs a good soaking. Needing His downpour on my weary and dry soul.