I had sent an email to the ACFW loop in response to "How does God talk to you?" I thought I'd share part of it here. I've edited out some sensitive things that I didn't feel comfortable putting in a public forum. But the message is what's important. Remember as you read the following, that not only does Love Reign in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ, but it also Rains.
On the evening of Oct 11, 2006, I was working on my computer. Totally into my own little world. Suddenly, a sentence popped into my head, and it had nothing to do with what I was working on. It said, "I'm about to break you." Yikes! I knew it had to be from the Lord because it came out of the blue. So, I asked Him what He meant, totally freaked out because. . .well, let's face it. . .nobody wants to be broken by the Lord!
Silence—which I interpreted as, "You'll see."
The next day, a family crisis hit with the force of a semi-truck. This spun me into a five-month anxiety fest as I dealt with the consequences.
Throughout the ordeal, I read my devotions faithfully, clinging to every word that would bring comfort. There was a lot of reference to "cleansing rain" and "showers of blessing", etc. So I wondered if it would all end with a physical deluge. I asked God if I should pray for rain? He didn't answer physically, but I could almost feel Him smile, as if He were saying, "Just wait."
Since this is Colorado in the winter time, and we'd just had a horrendous bout of snow storms, I didn't think rain would come anytime soon. . .like, say, June! I couldn't wait that long. However, in March, we had a whopper of a rain storm. I don't remember it ever raining that hard here this time of year. Could it be this was the cleansing rain I'd been asking for? The physical sign that God heard my prayers and that things would return to normal?
Not long after the storm, a Godly, spiritually insightful had a word from the Lord for me. She pointed at me while praying for other people standing around, and said, "I'm not led to pray for you personally tonight, but God says there's growth. . .and He's proud of you." WOW! After more prayer for other people, she pointed at me again and said one word. "Restoration." At least, I think she was pointing at me. We were clustered together, so that word may have been for someone else, but I snatched it out of the air and clung to it!So, God has spoken to me in four ways these past five months:
1. Plunking a full sentence into my head.2. Through comforting devotions that sounded as if they were written just for me.3. Sending a physical sign in the form of rain.4. Through a woman whom I trust and know has a special gift.
Yes, Love Reigns, but in God's Love, it also Rains.
I pray for you to receive "showers of blessing" this Easter season. And remember, where there is rain, there is growth.