Water Deep recorded a song, “I Will Not Forget You”. It starts out with “Many men will drink the rain and turn to face the clouds; many men will hear you speak, but they will never turn around.”
How sad the truth. How accurate the phrase.
What can we do to help our friends realize that it is God’s voice that caused them to turn around? Even though God formed the earth to make rain and weather (which makes doubters use science as an explanation), His mercy still falls like a drink of water to a parched throat.
On a summer’s day, after the sun, wind, and dust of the Great Plains, my throat craves! I lust after a huge glass of dark, freshly brewed iced tea. I want to drink it until my front teeth ache, my stomach pooches, and there is still another gut-busting draught left in the glass.
THAT is where God wants me. Thank God for – not the tea, it’s just the metaphor – the satisfaction to my itch, my unrest, YOUR sense of dissatisaction, unease, that “what am I doing with my life?” feeling.
God sends the rain on the just and the unjust; true. The difference is this: His faithful send prayers of thanks to him for mercy. The unjust merely look for a way to gain from God’s blessing.