It was just a couple of months ago that I remember walking across my lawn thinking how wet the grass had become. With each step taken, I could hear the water squishing under my feet after a very wet spring. The grass, trees and plants were all green and vibrant with color. It seemed that I could almost see the grass growing each week, as I was mowing the lawn more frequently than seemed justifiable. I would come home in the evening, try to get the yard mowed before another band of rain would pass over the area, then repeat this process again later in the week. While I did not enjoy the extra mowing, at least everything was nice and green.
Then the rain stopped. What was once a lush, green lawn slowly turned into a brown yard that looked neglected and thirsty. The squishing that I had heard before was now replaced with a brittle, dry sound that is not pleasant to hear. If grass could talk I am sure this lawn was begging for water to drink. I felt guilty that my yard, trees and plants no longer looked alive and healthy, but neglected and sad. Several times a week I would pull out the water hose and attempt to revive a tired looking lawn. Regardless of my attempts, nothing seemed to work. Then the rain returned, and along with it everything seemed to green up much better and faster than what I alone could accomplish.
This can even apply to our daily lives. There have been times in my life when I have felt like the dry lawn that I described, then when I least expected it, the “rain” would come and through Jesus things were made new again. He hears our prayers, and the comfort this provides allows me to make it through rough times, knowing that my trust is in God to provide in ways I may never imagine, or ever accomplish on my own. As found in Matthew 19:26, “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'” Next time you feel tired and thirst for help, know your prayers are being heard and that God reigns over all of us.