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Thursday, March 25, 2010

and the rain came down

Last night, I went to bed earlier than usual hoping to get some much needed rest. I haven't been sleeping all that well, and I've been more tired than usual. As I laid there reading, I began to hear rain falling outside. Not a slight rain, but a strong, forceful, seemingly angry rain. And it was sudden. Having arrived home less than an hour earlier, the rain wasn't imminent, especially at the end of a day when temperatures had pushed into the high 60s. The rain was so strong, that I actually got out of bed and walked to the window, seeing the rain illuminated by the street light pummel the asphalt in front of my house.

The images of rain and water, have been fairly constant in my thoughts the past few weeks. Even two nights ago, I posted Rob Bell's Nooma video entitled "Rain" (If you haven't watched it yet, you should.) Water can take on so many forms and have so many purposes. It can be the source of cleansing, replenishing, or renewal. And it can also be overwhelming and uncontrollable as the current of a raging river or the deafening crash of an thundering tide. It is beautifully wild and frighteningly peaceful.

Hearing the rain last night, the title of this post came to mind: "And the rain came down..." It comes from the first line in the chorus of the Big Tent Revival song "Two Sets of Jones'" released in the mid-90s. Although the song is a bit dated, and perhaps a little (or a lot) kitschy, the message is clear. Its a modern (1990s modern) take on Jesus' story of the wise and foolish builders from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7. When the rains come, and they will come, the question is: What have we anchored ourselves to? My prayer is that the answer for me, and for you, is Jesus. The rains were a good reminder for me.

"Two Sets of Jones'", by Big Tent Revival


Erin said...

oh man... I had forgotten about that song! Oh high school, you didn't actually end 14 years ago, did you?