“And I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing.” Ezekiel 34:26b
For most of us, unless we have been in a time of drought, showers do not always seem like a welcome blessing. Rain showers can make many of the ordinary daily tasks much harder to do. Things like taking groceries in the house, driving, taking a walk, anything involving kids, and we could go on and on. However, most days at best we see showers as a nuisance, that either makes harder what we are trying to do, or keeps us from doing them altogether.
There are benefits from showers. They help us to see what is important because so few like going out in the showers unless necessary. If it is not necessary then we are forced to slow down or at least rearrange our priorities for a couple of days. Showers are also necessary if we are to receive a yield from the harvest. The showers, after all, are only for a season, and they shall be showers of blessings.
The same is true in our walk with God, there will be days when showers come and we will see them as a problem. These showers will mess up our perfect order for our lives. Showers can be struggles in life, things like financial burdens, family issues, and work conflict and on and on. It is sometimes these showers that can cause us to slow down and look at the things in life around us. We can see them as nuisances or we can look at everything in life as an opportunity. God may not cause every one of those things to happen to us, but God can certainly use each of them to put our focus back on him.
If we are able to look with right eyes we can see that God can use these things to cause us to grow in season and these showers can be a blessing for us or so that we can bless someone else. Contemporary Christian Artist Laura Story captures this well in her song Blessings.
What if your blessings come through raindrops, what is your healing comes through tears, what if a thousand sleepless nights are what it take to know you’re near, what if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life, is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy, What if the trials of this life, the rain, the storms, the hard nights, are your mercies in disguise.
The showers will only last for a season but we can experience them, learn from them, and allow them to become blessings for us. When the showers of life interrupt our routines, we see them as opportunities to trust God more and learn to see the showers as showers of blessings.