When you pass through the waters, God will be with you.

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When I slid on my sneakers the sky was early summer blue. The kind that invites you to go for a run. “Everything will be fine,” it seemed to tell me. And I believed it. I noticed a grey cloud on the perimeter of my route but I trusted it would behave. “Stay,” I said to it as I took the first few steps.

And all was well for awhile. But about halfway through I felt the first drop hit my bare shoulder. “No big deal,” I thought and carried on. Then more drops came. A hundred. A thousand. A million. And they grew in size until I found myself jogging through an all-out storm.

Little rivers gushed toward the gutters. My socks squished with every step. I wished for tiny windshield wipers on my useless sunglasses. As I reached the top of the steepest hill I noticed a car coming behind me. It slowed. Then stopped. The window rolled down. And there, in the middle of it all, was my husband. Someone had come for me.

I thought back to a day in college when the skies worked themselves into a frenzy while I sat in class. I’d forgotten my umbrella and dreaded the trek home. When I stepped into the hallway there was my boyfriend (now husband) standing there holding an umbrella.

And this is the love story of all our hearts. Because we serve a God who comes for us in the rain. In the middle of the downpour. His timing might be different than ours. And we may sometimes find ourselves soaked right down to the bone. But He always comes.

My husband and I are sponsors through Compassion International and each letter we receive includes a picture drawn by one of our children. The latest one from our little boy in Kenya had this:

God is good.

{Clouds and rain and “God is Good” by our Compassion International child}

When I pulled the paper from the envelope I stared at it for a long time. And then I gave it a place on my desk where I would see it often. Because it’s a reminder my heart needs–that even when the drops fall and the storms come who God is doesn’t change. Neither does His love for us.

These days I am not praying to always stay dry. I am not asking for absolute safety. Or a perfectly comfortable existence. No, I am asking for the courage to keep running in the rain when that’s what it takes.

Because Someone is coming for me. He is already on His way. I may not always understand His plans but I know His heart. And I want my life to echo the words of a wise little boy who lives in a place where rain is not seen as a curse but instead a mysterious, sacred gift: “God is good.”



* If you liked this post you’ll love these books: You’re Going to Be Okay and What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days {devotional}


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