Monday, 13 July 2020

M Michele's Musings

Singing in the Night and Beauty in the Rain

Two thoughts have been playing over in my mind lately…  Singing in the night and beauty in the rain.  The night and rain often portray the dark times, trials and tribulations that come in this life.  Yet God can give us a song and beauty in those times.

When we think of the night in negative terms, words come to mind such as “darkness, loneliness and fear.”  Thoughts of “bumps in the night,” “boogie-men” lurking near and foreboding feelings often arise in our heart; in the dark it is hard to see your way, not knowing what lies ahead or behind.  The possibility of falling and hurting oneself is greater in the inky blackness of night.  Isn’t that much like our lives in those hard and difficult times?  Life seems dark and lonely, filling us with fear of tomorrow.  Everything we hear or see translates to us those foreboding feelings that assail us because of the darkness of situations and circumstances.  We can’t seem to find our way.  The light seems so far away, almost as if a new day will never dawn.

But just as the stars, the moon and even night-lights give light to the night’s darkness so God gives light to the darkness of life’s situations.  The Bible tells us in Psalms 139 that the darkness is as light to Him.  Further, God says in His word that He gives singing in the night (Psalms 42:8; Psalms 77:6).  Paul and Silas praised God in prison while in chains (Acts 16:25).  God can give us hope in the midst of the darkest of times.   And just as a new day dawns every morning so His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 2:22-23).

Not long ago I heard the sound of birds singing in the night outside my window.   I was amazed as I had never heard birds singing in the night; at least that I can remember.  As I laid there listening to the beautiful sounds, I pondered the truth that we should be like those birds that sang in the night.  As we lift our voices in praises our focus will stay on Him.  Though darkness surrounds us, our song of the Lord will bring comfort and peace in the midst of our trials and troubles.  The song of the Lord strengthens our faith in God.  His faithfulness to us, gives us an assurance that He indeed will bring us out of the darkness and into the light.

Many times we also think of rain in same way as we think of the night.  Rainy days are often dark, gloomy and dreary.   Rain is often brought in with storms and storms often bring turmoil and destruction.  Life inevitably brings darkness, gloominess and dreariness in our lives; sometimes it even brings greater times of turmoil and destruction.  However, God always has a plan.  He can bring beauty in the midst of any situation.  We must look for and embrace that beauty.

Living in Louisiana has somewhat jaded my view of rain.  In Louisiana it always seems to be raining at sometime or another.  To be honest with you, I haven’t always appreciated the rain.  Sometimes it seems as if rainy days go on and on with no relief from the unending saturation much like life’s trials and troubles can seem to go on and on with no end in sight.  Thankfully, the storms cease and the rain will stop to rain again another day and so it is in life.

There is beauty in the rain if you just take the time to look for it.  Like watching the rains begin to wash everything clean and how the rinsing brings the vibrancy of color back into all of nature.  Have you ever noticed the refreshing it seems to bring and the fresh rain smell in the air after a good shower?  Have you ever taken the time to notice just how beautiful glistening raindrops are as they lie upon various surfaces?  When the light hits the raindrops just right it seems as if there is a rainbow within each tiny drop.  How about the soft sounds of rain on leaves, through trees, on the panes of a window or a tin roof that can bring such a relaxing restfulness that you want to lie down and take a nap?  Have you ever seen children play in the rain?  They love it!  Their little faces turned upward to feel every soft drop upon their face, laughing and splashing through all the puddles.  My son never seemed to miss a puddle; puddles seemed to hold some type of strange fascination for him.  Shouldn’t we be like those children, looking for the “good things” in the rain?  Shouldn’t we take our focus off of the difficult things and turn our faces up to God for His refreshing, basking in His love for us and knowing that He will work things out for us?  Shouldn’t we be looking for God in everything and just like my son’s fascination for puddles shouldn’t we have a fascination for God, desiring to “splash” ourselves in His word, His love, and His presence?

Though there are difficulties that come with this life the Bible assures us that He makes everything beautiful in its time.  He causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose; conforming us to the image of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.  A prime example of turning bad to good is found in the story of Joseph’s life.  Joseph had big troubles and those troubles just seemed to grow and get worse.  Joseph’s troubles included family hatred, jealousy, slavery, lies, and false accusations.  His problems did not end overnight but lasted through many difficult years. However, God had a plan and He kept Joseph safe in the midst of it all.  Through every horrible thing Joseph experienced God was preparing Joseph for his greatest calling, to save nations.  Joseph said it well when he spoke these words to his brothers in Genesis 50:20 “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”  Yes, in the end the “rain” stopped, the “night” finally ceased and a new day dawned in Joseph’s life and God used him mightily for his plan and purpose.

God desires to do the same in our lives, turning every dark situation for good.  Trust Him in the midst of those situations; lift your voice, sing a song of praise to Him in your “night.”  Look for the beauty that lies within the midst of your “rain.”  God has a plan for your life and He will lift your heart with “Singing in the Night” and “Beauty in the Rain” as you place your hands within His and walk with Him in faith that He is in control and has your best interest at heart.

Love in Christ, Michele

Columnist: Michele Abshire

 

Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

 

 

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