I Can Hear the Rain, Even in the Drought

1 Kings 18:44

Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.” Then Elijah shouted, “Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!’”
provision
Ever feel like it’s never going to happen?  Like life will never get better. Things will just always be like they are right now.  You cannot see any hope.  There is no light at the end of the tunnel.  Then, God shows you something you cannot deny and you are filled with joy and expectancy.  It’s funny how one little tiny glimmer of hope can spark a whole new lease on your life.
Here in Muskegon, Michigan we have been looking for revival since 2009.  We had a 54 day revival at the end of 2009 beginning of 2010 and then it simmered down to just a few of us.  Then a man came in sent by God from Australia and we saw that glimmer of hope once again, yet we are still few in numbers.  Recently we have been studying 1 Kings and the cloud the size of a mans first.  This story portraits a time of drought and famine.  A moment in the lives of people where there seemed to be no provision for three years.
I don’t know about you, but three years seems like a long time of waiting for the rain.  What excitement it must have been to see the hope of rain coming to the land.  This is how it is with so many of us.  We are in drought times in our lives and we just cannot see how it will  ever get any better.  All we are focused on is what is right in front of us and we are not looking for our cloud in the distance.  When we are staring drought right in the face we cannot  hear the rain in the distance.
I encourage each of us to look for our own personal cloud.  It’s there. God promises us His provision.  Let us learn how to seek His face in our drought seasons.  I know for me when I was separated for a time from any source of a spouse I was hoping for a change but never saw God working in the distance.  He was connecting all of the dots from the moment He created me, it just took me a season of drought for Him to bring me to a place of abundance in this area of my life.
Can you see your cloud?  Surely it is there in the distance.  Begin rejoicing and thanking God for the coming rain.  Be excited for the things God is going to do in just a short while.  As you find yourself rejoicing and praising God, you will become uncontrollably happy and begin to expect good things to come your way.  This is a challenge to change your thinking, if you dwell on drought then drought it will be, however if you lift your eyes and see the cloud of provision, it will come.
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