Thursday, November 16, 2006

Ewadehalo Zenabeh- "I Love Your Rain"

Even Though

Christa Leis and Bruce Ellis

Even though I can't see the sun through these clouds
I know it still shines
Even though I can't feel Your love through this pain
I know You're alive

Even though I can't see the way up ahead
I know that You lead
Even though I can't feel Your presence now
I know I believe

Even though I can't understand why this storm still blows
Even though I can't hear Your voice...
I love Your rain

Matthew 16 (The Message Bible)

"...Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You're not in the driver's seat; I am. Don't run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I'll show you how..."

I definitely feel as though I've been sitting out a storm for a long time now. We started this journey in March 2005. It's been a while and I'm not one who is easily given over to patience! :) The very first time I flew in an airplane, we were riding high above the clouds and the sun was shining. But as we made our descent, the clouds got darker and darker. On the ground, the sun was nowhere to be found and it was raining cats and dogs. Yet because I had seen it first-hand, I knew that the sun was still shining. We just couldn't see it.

This song reminded me that though my heart breaks terribly right now for Yosef and Mihret, 10,000 miles away from my embrace, God is still here. More and more, I struggle to see the sun through this storm, but that doesn't negate the fact that it is still shining. My inability to see what God is doing doesn't negate the fact that He is doing much. And we're not called to run from suffering. We're called to embrace it. That's what He did for us. He embraced suffering so that we might realize His great love for us. How can I do any less for my children? How can I do any less for God? I don't always know how to embrace suffering, but I do believe that He's faithful and that's enough. I don't care for this storm. But I do love the rain.


KelseyChristine said...

Still praying...

Brian Creel said...

Hi, I'm a christian, and i have to say, i just randomly stumbled across from your website while looking for pictures of rain. I want to ask you about the poem/lyrics that you have posted at the top of this. I am wanting permission to use these beautiful words and write a song around them. I am in a praise band, and these words have struck a chord with me. Also, i totally understand what you feel you're going through, we all experience this. Just understand that making it through these storms makes us rely on God and makes us stronger. I know this sounds crazy, but it's a God thing that we've crossed paths. Also, could you tell me what song this is that's on your site; it's a great song. Anyways, I hope to hear from you, i don't know how old this blog is or if you'll even get my message, but if you do and you're intrested in getting in touch with me, is my email.
Godbless, hope you see the beauty in the rain, dance through the storms, cling tightly to Jesus, and enjoy the beauty of the sun shining through the clouds at the end of the storm:)

Anonymous said...

rain means releaf to me,its like that it takes all the pain and bad emotions out of me.I miss it a lot,cuz its winter now and it falls snow now :)

Christa (Leis) Tilley said...

Hi Heather,
My friend sent me a link to your blog and I was surprised and delighted to see the lyrics to a song that is dear to my heart. I'm the principal writer on "Even Though" which was in its rough stages entitled "I Love Your Rain." It's neat how your blog talks about being in an airplane and seeing the sunshine and then descending and seeing cloudy weather below. That's the point of revelation for the first verse for me. That was such a great picture and from that came the inspiration for the song. I'm so glad that it touched you and hopefully has helped you to place even more trust in God. Thanks for sharing it. I'm going to check out the rest of your blog. Bless you! Christa