This afternoon our family took a little hike through the mountains and it was absolutely glorious! There's been a significant amount of cloud cover today. The usual hot, summer temperatures were pleasantly interrupted by a coolness that almost felt as if fall were right around the corner. Of course, we all know better. During our walk the clouds let go of their bountifulness and the rain began to fall like a big summer rain, cold and hard. So we walked in the rain.
Walking in the rain is something we try to avoid as adults. I am not sure why, it's a beautiful thing. Peaceful. Exhilarating. Mind-clearing. "We should do this more often." I said. The sentiment was not shared by most of my family. Walking in the rain seems like a childish thing to do, but how it made me smile. I was thankful for it.
“Someday, when in the presence of our Savior, we will thank Him for every burden, every trial, and every heartache.” —John Vernon McGee
The rain made me think of the burdens, trials and heartaches that come our way on this journey we call life. How often are we thankful for them. Never, right? But if only we could see their purpose in our life. If only we had the mind and eyes of God for a moment, would we then be thankful? I'm certain we would.
Then we must trust Him. We must trust the journey. We must trust the necessity of the burdens, trials and headaches to mold us into the people He wants us to become. For our good. For His glory.
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