The weather forecasters finally got one right. Up to this point in the year, we have only received .9″ of rain in our continuing drought. Our area has been in a horrible drought since 2011, but as of this weekend, it looks like we will be getting some much-needed, slow falling, glorious rain! Overnight, we received just under 2″ of rain at our house, and the weekend forecast shows that it will rain all the way through Monday!
And all the West Texans said… “Thank you, God!” 🙂
Praying for rain is just a given here, especially since 2011. Along with praying for family members and a few friends every day, praying for rain is one of the continuing items on my daily prayer list. Sometimes it has been tough to say that particular prayer, too, especially when we have gone for so long without a drop. Today is providing a big lesson on the persistence of prayer, and I stand encouraged, and grateful, once again.
I spent some wonderful time this morning just sitting on the back porch, listening to all the birds sing their own songs of praise and watching the robins feed on a feast of worms in the backyard once again. I could hardly keep from joining them in singing, but I didn’t want the neighbors to think I had lost my mind. 😀
My Facebook feed literally blew up this morning with praises to God for the rain, and it was wonderful to see. Young and old were expressing their gratitude, and it made me very happy to know that others felt the sincerity of what I felt on this beautiful, wet morning.
Persistence in prayer is not an easy thing… at all. But when that particular prayer is answered, even in part, it is a beautiful thing to behold. This is where my heart is today… uplifted and so very thankful! As I walk through some other “droughts” in my life, I can stand on the assurance that God indeed hears my prayers and will act in His perfect timing. I just need to keep the faith.
I have been singing this song (in my head) all morning… and maybe in the shower… and the kitchen. 😉 May it also be a blessing to you today where you are struggling in your own heart.
We will most definitely continue to pray for rain, even after this most welcome rain event. It will take a lot of rain to turn around this horrible drought, but for now, several small communities in our area will hopefully get a reprieve on their immediate water issues, as some of them were down to less than 90 days of water.