For many different reasons, I believe it is both experientially true as well as documented in the Scriptures that “when it rains, it pours”. It seems as though the good times and the tough times run in cycles, and just like the weather they slip into patterns that appear to never end (but they always do).
We all have experienced seasons of intense joy as well as overwhelming grief in our lives. We all have endured tragedy and sorrow as well as the thrill of victory. Of course Ecclesiastes speaks of this extensively in the sense of “for everything there is a season”.
There can be no denying that contrary to what some want us to believe, there are going to be seasons of good and seasons of bad, seasons of peace and seasons of war, seasons of good health and seasons of sickness, seasons of prosperity and seasons of poverty in this life. We cannot stop these seasons any more than we can stop winter or summer from coming. But, we can learn how to deal with whatever the season brings and not allow circumstances to destroy us.
It seems that every day we hear about another situation dramatically impacting someone we know and love. Many of our dearest friends and family are facing monumental situations that are radically altering their lives. We are not immune from such things and are facing our own challenges, especially in the financial realm. It certainly appears that “when it rains it pours” for many of us at this time.
During seasons of pain, sickness, financial straits, personal doubt, etc; there is one tried and true thing to do, and that is to circle the wagons, close ranks and stand united against our foe. This is what I believe our little CB community did this past Monday with the prayer meeting and what we must continue to do for as long as the current season of trial and tribulation continues.
I cannot fathom fighting life’s battles without the community of faith providing backup. I cannot fathom trying to deal with a multiplicity of horrors without the support and prayers of God’s faithful. I cannot imagine having to stand alone when the hoards of the enemy come to plunder and destroy.
There were precious few wagons to circle during my season of ongoing and intense physical issues back in 1997-2000. Yet, God honored the faithful prayers of three people (my wife, mother and mother-in-law) and pulled me through. Even when we do not have thousands of people praying for us or offering their help, as long as there is ONE who is willing to “stand in the gap”, that is all God needs.
I pray that we all rise up and circle our wagons and fight for and with each other instead of against each other during the current season of tribulation. I pray that we redouble our efforts to climb out of our own personal foxholes and join hands with those who are fighting battles far more demanding than our own. I pray that no matter how hard it rains, through our unity and love for each other; we will stay afloat waiting with great anticipation for the sun to shine and to enjoy a season of joy and victory.
As always, Blessings 2 You!
I really love this blog. In the winter of 2006-2007, the summer of 2007 and the fall of 2007, God brought a few resources into my life that I would desperately need if I was going to make it through the toughest period of my life. In retrospect I am in complete awe of what He did and am forever thankful that He did so. One of those resources was CB and the people I have met here who have been very instrumental in helping me weather the storm which has continued since that time. I am very thankful for the continued support of my dear brothers and sisters in Christ.
[quote]I pray that we all rise up and circle our wagons and fight for and with each other instead of against each other during the current season of tribulation. I pray that we redouble our efforts to climb out of our own personal foxholes and join hands with those who are fighting battles far more demanding than our own. I pray that no matter how hard it rains, through our unity and love for each other; we will stay afloat waiting with great anticipation for the sun to shine and to enjoy a season of joy and victory[/quote]
Amen Amen Amen!
I needed this blog as I am going through a 'rough' time with my health and it is testing my patience to 'hang in there' trusting that God, who tells me that I am healed, that I will see this evidence before my own eyes, for faith is believing Gods word even though our senses tell us other wise. Amen.
Because of teaching errors in Christendom, most just don't get it that Christians, believers, are gonna be tried and suffer. It shows, and gives witness to, our faith. And keeps us humble. Scripture confirms. All in, through and for Jesus Christ. Glory and honor to Him. God Bless. billy