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.”

In May 2018, after a prolonged drought, nearly 200 Wild Horses were found dead, stuck in the mud near a dried-up watering hole in Cameron, Arizona. Currently going through another dry spell, we are essentially looking at an ongoing drought spanning over the past two decades producing devastating wild fires and progressively sinking water tables.

Water means life and not just in a desert environment. The human body will die of dehydration much quicker than of starvation. A human being can go without food for about three weeks at a time but would typically only last three to four days without water. In his book Prophet Joel thanks the Lord for the autumn and spring rains. He celebrates the water of life coming from our Creator. We too need to remember and not take things for granted.

The earth belongs to the Lord and the more we understand that, the better we will fare. When God gave us this world to inhabit He entrusted the earth into our care, however we were never meant to do this on our own. Managing the earth without involving the Lord, we have not treated this planet kindly and have not used its resources wisely; as a result the world climate is changing and the global community must bear the consequences with melting polar ice caps, accelerated sea level rise, intense tropical storms and prolonged heat waves.

Apart from the Lord we won’t be able to take good care of this planet and neither will we take good care of ourselves. Our soul runs dry without prayer. We need the Lord. His inspiration makes us come alive. A life without God is one ongoing desert. This is why believers pray for the precious rain of God’s Spirit. With Prophet Joel they ask for rain, beautiful rain, both for the dry land and for the dry soil of the human heart.

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.