We have to remember that much of the land of Israel was rocky desert, and the crops grown there were very dependent on the critical seasonal rains for their survival. It was the sun that scorches the earth and shrivels the plants. Now granted, crops need sunshine to grow as well, but from everything I hear, our friends out in California would gladly trade a week of sunshine for a week of refreshing rains and mountain blizzards. It’s all in one’s perspective isn’t it? Perspective often flows out of circumstance.
That is, we refer to the difficult times in our lives as the evil days with darkness and gloom. Give consideration to the thought that those “rainy days” are actually the nourishing times of our lives. Dark days are the days essential for the growth God seeks us to know.
These threatening and troubling storms in our lives are the bearers of God’s blessings, more than the easy and prosperous times.
Romans 5 and 1 Peter 1 certainly seem to suggest that is the case. What we often interpret as storms may actually be refreshing rains upon the droughts of our inner lives, and we simply may not realize it until after the rains has moved on and left our hearts bursting with the blossoms of God’s grace.
Sometimes it is all a matter of perspective. From personal experience you can trust me, when times are hard, I know it is hard to keep a heavenly perspective!
We do need to remember that not all storms are destructive….many bring refreshment and growth.