Singing in the Rain
“U.S. Led Raids Hit Makeshift Oil Refineries.”
“Isis Barbarians Destroy Anything in Their Path.”
“American Borders – Open for Terrorists.”
And we ask ourselves, “Is all hope gone? Can we still sing in the rain?”
Lift up your heads, my beloved Americans. Don’t be disheartened.
A long ago story
Mary’s walk was slow, labored. Her countenance revealed obvious depression. All was lost. All their hopes, their dreams for a better outcome, a brighter future, had met with utter defeat. The dust had settled. God’s chosen people were being taken into Babylon—a god- forsaken land.
False prophets had proclaimed victory for Israel. “We’ll overcome the enemy. The gates of Jerusalem will prevail!
”But the prophet Jeremiah had warned, “Turn back to the God of your youth. Repent and be saved!”
Sadly,repentance never came. And while the prophet’s plea was still being shunned Yaweh’s gavel sounded the final sentence. “Seventy years in captivity!”
Brutal reality settled as heartbroken Israelites watched Jerusalem, their golden city and its hallowed gates—burn to the ground.
Now Mary turned to Jeremiah. “What shall we do? Is all hope gone… all purpose? How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?”
The saddened prophet turned to her, his face soft and reflective. “Oh, Mary, all is not lost. The Lord does not want your song to be silenced nor does He want your light to hide in darkness. The Almighty still has a plan of redemption. Listen to His Word!”
- “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce
- Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage.
- Increase in number there; and do not be diminished.
- Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile.
- Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
Mary’s face brightened. The Lord was with them. That was enough. She would sing His song and plant a harvest. She would embrace her life, her friends, and pray for a heathen nation. God’s people would not—must not diminish. They could prosper.
In her heart she had peace. Yaweh had not left them rather given them a promise—a hope! She could still sing—even in the rain!