Sometimes, our family is rebellious. I’m sure you could tell that about us. We are pretty edgy and all about sticking it to “the man”. Nonconformists, trouble makers, outcasts to society…that’s us. We may seem All-American and pure, but it’s time for you to know the truth…we can have a problem with authority. Check out this example of our delinquency…
The other day all five of us decided to have some time together by heading to the mall and a movie. As we put our car in the parking garage we were stopped by a security guard. He told us we could park there for the movie theater only, but if we were going into the mall we had to move the car. We were not interested in moving our car so we decided to head towards the theater…but we walked all the way around it and started across the parking lot (out of view of the security guard) to walk to the mall. As we walked we talked about how we had won this little battle after all…he didn’t know which car was ours…he never even saw us…we fought the law, but we won.
As we were discussing our rebellious activity, it began sprinkling a little bit…then it began sprinkling a lot. Next came a full out, hardcore downpour. A couple of us were in flip-flops which meant running wasn’t much of an option. We were in between the mall and the theater, right in the middle of this huge parking lot…so we just had to let it rain. We finally made it into the mall where Cathy decided a selfie was required (see the wet pic above…)
While walking and hoping to dry off, the statement was made that we deserved it. We had broken the rules so therefore the rain was punishment. God got us back for not doing what we should have done. However, some questions came up:
– Would it have still rained if we had followed the rules?
– What about those who hadn’t done anything wrong that were getting rained on as well?
– Is the rain really a punishment?
Here is what we discovered…the rain wasn’t about us. Rain happens. We may interpret it in different ways, but when it comes down to it part of life on this planet involves rain. In fact, it was a little arrogant of us to think that somehow we had influenced any of it. Matthew 5:45 says, “…He gives His sunlight to both the evil and the good, and He sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.” We all experience the rainy days and the sunshine equally…
In your journey to be healthy, there will be setbacks. It’s not always easy but you must remember that the difficulties and the tough days aren’t necessarily indicators that you have done something wrong. Most likely, you will mess up. Things won’t always go smoothly. But you can’t beat yourself up and live in guilt. Where would growth on earth come from without the rain from time to time…and for you, how will you grow without seasons of rain?
Choose to grow. Accept the rainy and sunny days equally on your journey. You don’t always deserve the rain…but you do need it.
- Mark Cornelison
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