As in, it’s 2:24am as I start this post and I’ve already been up for about thirty minutes because it is POURING at our house.
With full-boar lightning, the kind of thunder that makes things rattle in the house, and overflowing gutters all around.
Oh, and shall I include a nightmaring toddler?
Not that I can blame him… creation is LOUD tonight.
So, what does a girl like me do at 2am when she can’t sleep cause of the rain?
And reads the bible.
Well, honestly, first I opened up Twitter… not because I was checking anything for my Twitter feed, but because I follow Jesus Calling on there and sometimes they just have one little tweet that rocks my world. I think I was hoping that they would make it easy on me. And after scrolling through the last week or so of their tweets, I was like “Ummmm, I’m in the wrong place” and so I hoped over to YouVersion to see what God had to say.
I sorta stared at that screen for a minute, like, “Uhhhhhh… what should I read?” So I clicked on my bookmarks and skimmed through those. And then, I thought “Well, why am I up in the first place? Rain. I’ll search for verses that have the word rain in them.”
And I saw this one in the book of Joel.
Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in the Lord your God! For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring. Joel 2:23
And that part “The rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness” sorta grabbed my attention, so I thought… “Hmmmm, I’ll read some of Joel. Cause I mean… who reads Joel?!?!? I don’t even REMEMBER the last time I read the book of Joel. Not sure I even remembered that it was a book of the bible.”
And then I changed my readers version to The Message… cause, I mean, come on. It IS 2am.
And then I was reminded why people probably don’t hit up Joel very often… from the onset you get verses like these:
Get in touch with reality—and weep! Joel 1:5
Joy is dried up and withered in the hearts of the people. Joel 1:12
A black day! A Doomsday! Clouds with no silver lining! Joel 2:2
Yikes… who wants THAT story??? But, just like God’s grace, the story turns…
But there’s also this, it’s not too late— God’s personal Message!— “Come back to me and really mean it! Come fasting and weeping, sorry for your sins!”Change your life, not just your clothes. Come back to God, your God. And here’s why: God is kind and merciful. He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot, This most patient God, extravagant in love, always ready to cancel catastrophe. Who knows? Maybe he’ll do it now, maybe he’ll turn around and show pity. Maybe, when all’s said and done, there’ll be blessings full and robust for your God! Joel 2:12-14
I mean, that was good, don’t get me wrong. But then, there it was… the reason God sent me to Joel. And let’s just say that the “locust” in my life was gluttony.
I’ll make up for the years of the locust, the great locust devastation— Locusts savage, locusts deadly, fierce locusts, locusts of doom, That great locust invasion I sent your way. You’ll eat your fill of good food. You’ll be full of praises to your God, The God who has set you back on your heels in wonder. Joel 2:25-27
And it just reminded me… God will… wait, no… God IS making up for the years of slavery that I spent to gluttony. And now, I’m eating my fill of GOOD food. I’m full of praises to Him. He is my God, who has set me back on my heels in wonder.
So, like the rainbow was in the days of Noah, rain will be for me. I will remember that like he said in verse 23, “Rain demonstrates His Faithfulness.”
Thank you rain, for waking me up.
Thank you toddler, for getting me up.
Thank you Joel, for reminding me.
Thank you God, for saving me.