There is an old African proverb that says, “All sunshine makes a desert.” Everyone knows plants and flowers need the rain to grow and not just sun. If this is true in botanical life, we can assume it is the same in our spiritual life since both these realms hold many parallels. There are various teachings and “Gospels” out there that focus only on living comfortable, trouble free lives; that happiness, wealth, and comfort are within your power alone and those are the goals you must strive to achieve.

If this is the standard of living, then Jesus failed miserably as he was, for most of his adult life, homeless and was viewed by others as a social outcast and a misfit. But God did not see Him that way. The Word tells us that He loved Him and He was well pleased with Him. Now, He was no stranger to pain or trials that is certain. But, yet, He still remained confident and sure in God the Father’s love and purpose for Him. We also know He was happy because Jesus blessed others. In Scripture, blessed is another word for happy. So you can’t help others be happy if you yourself are not happy!

I have friend that when things start to get a little difficult says, “Things got a little crunchy.” So I am here to say if life is feeling a little bit “crunchy” right now, keep moving forward and trust God will help you with what you need. Seek first His Kingdom and then all these things will be added unto you.

God, You know how things are going in my life right now. Sometimes I don't understand or see what You are doing, but I will trust that You are working behind the scenes and will give me everything that I need. 

Joel 2:23-24 – “Rejoice in Adonai your God! For He is giving you the right amount of rain in the fall, He makes the rain come down for you…this is what He does first. Then the floors will be full of grain and the vats overflow with wine and olive oil.”

Rains in the desert.

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