Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Thursday, June 28, 2018

God Can Turn Rain into a River - A Morning Prayer

Good morning Lord. Thank You for another day. I pray that today You will once again prove how strong You are through how weak I am.

Father, some time back my youngest daughter was educating me on what she learned in school about clouds. She talked about the water cycle and how water goes from being vapor to clouds to precipitation to streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, and oceans and then back through the cycle again. Of that whole process, she seemed the most intrigued by the clouds. She was pointing them out as we went down the road, and schooled me on the different types of clouds. For me, I think the most interesting part of that process is rain. I am fascinated by how rain turns into a river.

Father, I researched and read that approximately 4 trillion rain drops will fall just in one square mile in a hour's worth of rain. Then to think how many rain drops could fall within a whole creek or river basin. Then all of those rain drops will follow a law that You created called gravity. As they travel down hill, they begin to collect until the drops become a trickle, and the trickle becomes a stream, and the stream becomes a river.

That is amazing to me how the tiny can within minutes become the mighty; how the one rain drop that was barely able to make a dent in the dust turns into a river that can cut its own path through soil and rock; how the one droplet alone could barely survive the heat of the sun can turn into a river that sustains life all around it. Lord I am truly amazed by how You turn the rain into a river.

Father, everyday of my life You are depositing droplets of Your goodness into me. Droplets of joy and peace; droplets of faith and strength; droplets of wisdom and understanding; droplets of grace and mercy; droplets of love and hope. By themselves they make no noticeable impact on who I am or what people see. But over the years since I've been following You, these droplets collected in my heart and created a river. Now that river has not only changed me, but it's starting to change the landscape around me.

Lord, I didn't start it, nor can I stop it. It just flows to me and through me. And I can't take credit for it any more than I can take credit for the rain that runs across my yard. So, I will just continue to watch in amazement as You turn this rain into a river.

Now Lord, I can better understand what You told the woman at the well when You said "Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” So I thank You for sending the rain and for turning it into a river. I love You.

In Jesus name. Amen.

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