Looks Like Rain

Looks like rain. We apparently got a pretty good thunderstorm last night. After several days of record-breaking heat and overpowering humidity, the rain was more than welcome. This morning we woke to a soft breeze and cooler temperatures. It sure acts like we may get a real summer this year. We have already seen more warm days this season than we did all last summer. And as today progresses, the humidity is rising and it is looking like there may be more rain tonight. Will this be a gentle soaker or a gully-washer? Time will tell.

There seems to be another storm on the horizon for us as well. Honey went back to work about three weeks ago. There has been a question as to how the local construction industry will fare in these uncertain times. The general consensus has been that the bottom would eventually drop out; the question of ‘when?’ has been the unknown. Well, “when” seems to be coming sooner rather than later. Honey said that materials have been going out in pickups instead of dump trucks these past few weeks. The added federal taxes, and New Hampshire’s own ‘stimulus-type’ taxes, are becoming the nails in the coffin. Hours are being cut and businesses are teetering on the collapsing edge. Honey started looking for part-time work to supplement while we seek God’s guidance. Out of only two jobs available, he found a possible evening/weekend position with a trucking company that hauls linen to area hospitals. The owner told him that the position will hopefully expand to full-time in the coming months. If the dump trucks go silent, the transition to full-time with this other company may be an option. Right now, we are spending time together seeking God’s will & provision. We’ve learned not to fear. God has shown over and over that He hears our prayers and will lead us if we seek Him.

There are so many people out of work that we have been fortunate. Unlike the weather, we don’t have to question the intensity of the economic storm. The Bible has done what weather forecasters can’t seem to do … It tells us with complete certainty what the coming days will bring. The storm clouds cropping up around the country and around the world are going to bring a real devastating gully-washer. There is no question that we are living in the last days and things will progress as God said they would, no matter what man tries to do. It isn’t my intention to be the voice of doom. God knew how it was all going to progress to an end before He ever breathed life into man’s beginning. He gave us His Holy Word to help us know Him and to help us prepare. God didn’t instruct Honey and me to build a bunker in the middle of the desert so we could hide. He instructs us to get up close to Him, seek Him and pray.

“Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12

When I opened my Bible just now to find a particular Scripture that talks about the promise of God’s provision, I saw this:

“For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.” Isaiah 25:4

This wasn’t the one I had been looking for, but it just seems to fit perfectly. If you are facing challenges that seem too big – seek God. He will be everything Isaiah described and so much more.

Remember, fear & faith can’t be maintained at the same time. It’s either one or the other. If you are afraid, seek God. Ask Him to build your faith. God is always in control and He always keeps His promises. With His help & guidance, we will get through the coming storms.

Have a great day, and may the Lord bless you!

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