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Rain

It's coming down in sheets. I can hear it tapping on the window.

Kinda feels like life. It'll be sunny and clear one moment and then the rain starts. It can begin with a slow trickle. Then again, it may start ALL at once. 

Hmmm... 

Rain tends to remind me of the hard times. It takes me through the moments in my life that were dark and seemingly hopeless. It also reminds me of the glory of God and His ability to be my shield from the affects of the tough times. I tend to think of God as my umbrella. He won't stop the rain. Most times He will let it come. However, He always provides protection from it if I'll just stand under Him. The thing about that is, I have to STAY under that shield/umbrella for it to work. The idea of the umbrella won't keep me from getting drenched. Straying from His shield only opens me up to being affected by the struggles of this life. It makes the worlds hurts real in a way that I am never meant to know. My HOPE comes from knowing that when I come back to the protection of Him/umbrella that He will dry me up and comfort my heart. He teaches me that I don't have to feel guilty when I am with Him. He takes it away. He cleans me up. I'm reminded of this when it rains. It's a good thing. Sometimes it's good to remember where you came from. It's our testimony. It's who we are.

I like the rain. 

*Maria*

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