Sugar Coated Rain

This phrase is peculiar in so many ways. Sugar melts in the rain. Sugar coated rain would hurt when it landed.  Sugar coated rain would have us all walking with our heads back, trying to catch a mouthful. Coat it with candy? We’d pray for rain every day, especially if the candy was chocolate!

Elijah said to Ahab, “Up on your feet! Eat and drink—celebrate! Rain is on the way; I hear it coming.” (1 Kings 18:41, MSG)

On the other hand, we often think of rain as depressing and gloomy. Note that rocks rained on Stephen and he accepted them as candy coated rain.

As the rocks rained down, Stephen prayed, “Master Jesus, take my life.” Then he knelt down, praying loud enough for everyone to hear, “Master, don’t blame them for this sin”—his last words. Then he died. (Acts 7:59-60, MSG)

We can coat our rain with our own candy, the candy of acceptance and joy in the midst of hard times. It’s really a choice isn’t it? Here is an example.

When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. (From Matthew 5:45-47, MSG)

Prayer- Father God, we ask for the ability to see our difficulties as candy coated rain drops with   you in each one. Amen.

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