Before the Rain

It's a dark and cloudy day, not just outside, but in my soul, too. I'm tired and discouraged with my short comings. I feel as though I haven't been able to keep up with anything in life right now.

I find myself looking up at heavy clouds and crying out, “Please, Lord, rain on me! Shower me with Your life-giving rain. Renew me with Your showers of blessings that I might once again dance in the rain.”

As I stand there looking up at the rain-laden clouds, with my hands outstretched in supplication and to feel the first drops falling, I hear a still voice in my soul.

“Will you dance in anticipation of the rain?”

Slowly my hands fall to my side. He wants me to dance under the dark clouds, not just the rain and sunshine. He wants me to choose to rejoice in the life-giving rain before it even comes.

Through an act of will I lift my foot and begin to dance. A rain dance to Jesus. A rain dance of faith knowing He will send down showers that will refresh and nourish my parched soul. A rain dance of thanksgiving for the showers I trust Him to send.

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth... O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.~Psalm 34:1-3

The clouds are just as dark as they were, and the rain hasn't started yet, but I know that He “will cause showers to come in their season;” and that they will be showers of blessing. (Ezekiel 34:26) So I'm choosing to dance in anticipation and praise, trusting my God for the showers to water my dry spirit.

What about you? Are you dancing or standing there looking up at the sky?

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  1. I'm going to dance!


  2. Thank you Patty... I'm right in that place where I need to dance under the clouds

  3. Awesome, Patty. He's calling me to dance before the rain too.

  4. Oh, Patty. I am SOOOOO very there. I NEED to dance. Amen, sis.

  5. Thanks Patty for this reminder that in spite of the dark clouds outside I can choose to dance. Today I AM choosing to dance because of all God's blessings and in anticipation of good coming from even the dark clouds because of His promise to work all things for good.

  6. This gave me goosebumps! I love that thought. "Will you dance in anticipation of the rain."


    Thank you. I have some dancing to do!


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