It is raining, again. There is nothing better than sitting inside and quietly listening to the falling rain outside. It can be a very peaceful sound. Sure, sometimes it is accompanied by rushing winds and thunder claps, but tonight it is just rain.
Tonight the Bible opened to Hosea:
“Come, let us return to the LORD, For it is he who has torn, but he will heal us; he has struck down, but he will bind our wounds.
He will revive us after two days; on the third day he will raise us up, to live in his presence. Let us know, let us strive to know the LORD; as certain as the dawn is his coming.
He will come to us like the rain, like spring rain that waters the earth.”
The rain sounds even better now! I read a little further:
What can I do with you, Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah? Your loyalty is like morning mist, like the dew that disappears early. For this reason I struck them down through the prophets, I killed them by the words of my mouth; my judgment shines forth like the light. For it is loyalty that I desire, not sacrifice, and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
Loyalty. Knowledge of God. That is what He asks. And isn’t that what we ask of our friends? Loyalty and to know us?
I want to know you. Rain down on me. I want to be faithful to you. Help me when I fall astray. I never want you to stop calling me back. I want to come to you with all my heart.