It always amazes me how much God wants to help us … me. So much so that He gave up His one and only Son in order to do that.

The other day I was watching the rain pour down and along with it went my attitude – down, down, down. Realizing this, I asked God to help, knowing that He created rain for a very special reason. As I continued to watch the rain fall, this is what He impressed on my heart.

The rain can represent the relationship between myself and Jesus Christ. As the rain falls on the plants, all the dirt and grime from life so far washes away so that when the sun comes out again, the plant is better able to absorb the sun’s rays and can grow more, grow stronger, grow closer to the sun. The same goes for Jesus Christ. Through His death on the cross and His conquering resurrection, He rains down His forgiveness on us, cleaning off all the sin and shame that we have put on ourselves. His forgiveness cleanses us so that God can pour down His love for us, and we are able to receive it in its fullness. Life continues to cover the plants in dirt and grime, us in sin and shame, but the rain comes again, washing us clean again, and so continues the cycle. Without the rain, plants dry up and are not able to grow strong and healthy, or able to absorb the sun’s rays and all its benefits. Without Jesus Christ, we are unable to receive the full benefit of God’s love, being covered in sin. With the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we can.

Reflect on the following verses. God’s forgiveness is always available. All we have to do is to come to him and ask.

Psalm 51:1,2 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Dear Heavenly Father, I praise You for Your love for us. Love so amazing that You gave up Your Son for us sinners. Thank you Lord! How can I ever express my gratefulness? Thank you for the cleansing power of Your Son’s death so that we may grow closer to You, becoming the strong, healthy women You want us to be. Amen.

Contributed by Karen Thomas