- 2 Samuel 12:7 (NKJV) Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! (2 Samuel 12:1-5; Proverbs 24:11-12; 1 Corinthians 8:11)
I have a large potted plant in my office that is as old as my marriage. When Sonja and I were first married we brought the plant to decorate our little apartment and we have taken it with us on all the journeys of our lives together.
So as you can imagine, that plant is special to me. Over the years I’ve nursed it back to health, rejoiced as new growth appeared, watered it, pruned it, and watched over it.
One of the things I must do to keep the plant healthy is “make it rain.” Sunshine can come through the window but it is customary to keep the rainy weather at bay.
So most days, I will take a spray bottle and spray a good coating of mist over the plant. This keeps it clean, healthy, and refreshed. And if I fail to do this in a few days the leaves get dusty, droopy, and eventually unhealthy.
The same is true in other areas of life. In the spheres of influence that God has placed you, one of the things you are commissioned to do from time to time is “make it rain.”
I’m not talking about clouding up with a bad attitude or being angry and vengeful. I’m talking about creating “good pain” by intentionally raining on a party that needs to be rained out or dropping a carefully placed bolt of constructive counsel that helps fertilize a relationship or change the direction of someone heading for a disaster.
As much as we like sunshine and peaceful days we also need the “bad weather”; it takes both to have a healthy planet and healthy relationships.
- The ONE THING for today: It is your duty to make it rain sometimes; wisdom is knowing when.
Prayer: Everyone has little things about them that irritate us sometimes. The wise thing to do is learn to live with them. However, there are people in your life that have issues that are threatening to stop their growth and productivity. A good friend will not ignore these things; they will love enough to confront. There is probably an issue that came to mind as you were reading this. Ask God to give you the grace and wisdom to bring a life-giving shower into that person’s life.