Psalm 46:1: [For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth. A song.] “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

Realizing we are God’s creation, we could not have come to this conclusion on our own. The Holy Spirit reveals this truth to us. One way or another, every person on this planet is on a quest to discover the truth. And we approach life differently after understanding where we are from.

We come from God and we all need Him. His absence promotes dysfunction while His presence completes us. God is our refuge and strength. He helps us through life’s darkest hours. And our personal trials will yield a precious crop: humility.

Humility is a crown best worn on a mountain top. We shouldn’t forget how we got there. All mountain tops will pass. Around the corner new experiences and unknown challenges are waiting for us; and armed with humility we will do better negotiating the rough territory of life’s crazy surprises.

People weathered by various storms on the road of experience will sense when someone else is down. Using Gordon Lightfoot’s terminology, they are “rainy day people” who can relate because they have been through a rainstorm or two. Personally, I don’t know of anything more gratifying and satisfying than connecting with other people on a deeper level.

God profoundly delights in us when we care, because He cares. That’s who He is – our ever-present help in trouble – and He loves it when we begin to resemble Him.

Joel 2:23: “Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.”

Spring rains bless the world when new life ventures out behind every corner. Autumn rains soften the scorched soil when the summer heat finally lets up. – Spoken like a true Arizonan! Like many desert dwellers we know all too well what it means when those Autumn and Spring rains delay. In May 2018, after a prolonged drought, nearly 200 Wild Horses were found dead, stuck in the mud near a watering hole in Cameron, Arizona.

Currently going through another dry Monsoon season, we are essentially looking at an ongoing 19-year drought, which has brought water levels in the American Southwest dangerously low. Ensuing water negotiations to divvy up cutbacks in Colorado River water deliveries were difficult to say the least. John Schwartz from the New York Times wrote:

“In March 2019 seven Western states have agreed on a plan to manage the Colorado River amid a 19-year drought, voluntarily cutting their water use to prevent the federal government from imposing mandatory squeeze on the supply. State water officials signed the deal after years of negotiations.”

Water means life, however not just in a desert environment. The human body will die of dehydration much quicker than of starvation. A human can go without food for about three weeks but would typically only last three to four days without water.

So, it is for a very good reason that Prophet Joel loves the spring and autumn rains. He celebrates the water of life by addressing our life-giving Creator to thank Him. All water leads to the Lord since He created it. We need to remember and not take things for granted. Joel does the appropriate thing: He thanks the Lord. I believe that gratefulness is the foundation of abundance.

We all have been blessed one way or another. If we cannot see our blessings, then we definitely need a fresh perspective. Realizing our blessings, we thank God who increases our awareness, which leads to even more gratefulness. Thanking God raises our satisfaction level exponentially. It also makes us very attractive people. Who does not like to be around a positive person? Such human beings seem to attract even more blessings from above.

Blessings we have – still more blessings we need. Here’s to more rain!

” I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.” – Isaiah 43:19