Stopping the Rain

There are a lot of things within my power to do, like straightening my house, my attitude, my clothes, my handwriting. I can choose what music I listen to, or I can choose to not listen to any music; I can even choose to make my own music. Not all I choose to do is necessarily easy, but I certainly can perform what I choose. I can make a difference with discipline and work.

But stopping the rain?

I don’t think so.

He is the Lord of the rain. We are not.

And that is very good.

Because even though God has placed in us creativity, determination and strength through which we can create, better ourselves in many ways, make choices, work and bear fruit, there are places in life that are bigger than us, problems that we cannot solve, mountains designed by God to be un-climb-able.

Thousands of years ago, a wise man called Jeremiah asked a very insightful question: “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots?” And even though I am not Ethiopian and I am pretty sure that leopards don’t care about the spots on their skin, the question bears pondering. Can we change our genetic make-up?

And should we try?

And can the clay change the clay? Can it make itself into a pot? Or a vase, or a plate? Or can it change its texture? Or tell the potter what it wants to be?

No, it. can. not.

It’s just as simple as that. No ifs, ands, or buts. It simply cannot. And that’s okay, because that’s how God planned it.

It’s on purpose. On God purpose.


I better stop trying to stop the rain. I better relax and learn to enjoy it.

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one thousand#614 A rainy Saturday afternoon

#615 Walking through a gallery of local artists’ work

#616 Dinner with old friends

#617 Getting stuff done on my to-do list

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  1. So very true. I remind myself of this lesson often. I have learned to enjoy the rain 🙂 Have a wonderful peace filled Sunday. Thanks for joining us at The Let’s Get Social Sunday. Diane @MamalDiane


  2. This is perfect for me and especially this: “And can the clay change the clay? Can it make itself into a pot? Or a vase, or a plate? Or can it change its texture? Or tell the potter what it wants to be?” You are right…”Ouch”!!! I am glad I stopped by. May your day be filled with the rains of blessings from our Lord.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda


  3. So much rain at my house lately (including today). There are times I wish I could control it, but in actuality, I’m glad I can’t. It’s nice to know that only the Lord has that in his hands and no human can touch it. So I’ll try not to complain about it when I have to get out in it this afternoon. 🙂


  4. We had gentle rain yesterday. From the Lord of the rain! You made this Scripture come alive for me. Thank you, Barbara. I know I will look at it differently.


  5. Nice illustration you created here! Sometimes it’s best to sit back and let God stop the rain or change the leopard’s spots. You just have to trust He will do it.


  6. I am crazy about a rainy day because it gives me permission to slow. But I certainly relate to your line of thought here also, Barbara. But God has his plans, does he not? Hugs to you!


  7. The white flag of surrender and the glad heart of acceptance with joy is such a key when we can’t stop the rain or get to the top of that unclimbable mountain. Thanks for your words! Blessings to you! Love, Rachael @ Inking the heart


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