We have had excessive rain here in Florida lately, so much so that in many places the ground literally moves like a giant sponge when we walk on it. Now rain in Florida is, of course, something that is commonplace and much needed due to the high use of water, but after another very wet summer and fall, the time which usually dries us out some is now here. And the rain keeps coming.
We finally got a two day break and yesterday it was forecast that we'd receive a brief shower, but that brief shower turned out to be a twenty minute deluge, followed by several hours of light rain. The water was again standing high in parts of the pasture when, in the distance, came the lighter skies which turned bright red through the clouds as the sun descended. Just like the above scripture from the Gospel of Matthew, the red sky at night indicates sunny weather is coming.
Sure enough, this morning we awakened to a gorgeous sunrise and a bright and warm sun shining down on us to warm the chilly air and start a drying out. Today, the weatherman is predicting a full week of gorgeous weather with nice days and cool, but not icy nights. But since this weatherman is the same one who thought earlier that yesterday would only see relatively light rainfall, I must confess skepticism. It also reminds me to listen to the counsel of God in His Holy Book, for only He knows what will really take place and we must trust Him.
Isn't it funny how modern man thinks he can tell us what the earth will be like in one hundred years when he can't accurately account for tomorrow so often. Only God knows and He will reveal it when He is ready. Perhaps we need to get ready by listening more to God than to mortal man. That, however, is up to each of us individually. Take the time to prayerful determine where you will put your trust. It's a life changer.
Dear Lord, We thank you for the sunshine and the rain for we know that both are important to our ability to sustain life. Help us to always understand that you do what you do for a reason and to be patient as we develop the discernment we need to understand. In the name of Jesus this prayer is offered, Amen.