Pondering He sends the rain…

His going forth is prepared and certain as the dawn, and He will come to us as the [heavy] rain, as the latter rain that waters the earth. Hosea 6.3b


About six months after the earthquake of 2010, I visited Haiti.

I could share about the challenging things…the mob of men and boys grabbing for your bags as you exit the airport terminal. They’re hoping for a tip, trying to make a living – it’s a culture of survival.

We could talk of the traffic. Like most developing countries, it’s a rules-are-made-to-be-broken mindset. And there’s the garbage and sanitation issue, which seems to have no rules.

And the heat.

I cannot speak of Haiti without mentioning the challenge of the hot, humid weather. If you get to ride in a vehicle with air conditioning, you are beyond blessed. If you’re in a car minus a/c, you pray for the open road and the wind in your face.

Travel to any developing country and you’ll see some or all of the above, and more. Infrastructure is weak, poverty prevails, and often, the government is corrupt. Life is hard.

The lyrics of this song reminds me of Haiti…

We Dance

by Steffany Gretzinger & Amanda Cook © 2013 Bethel Music Publishing

When my faith gets tired and my hope seems lost
You spin me round and round, and remind me of that song
The one You wrote for me
And we dance…

At the end of my week there, we spent Sunday with the church that hosted our team. The Haitians had fed us, transported us, interpreted for us, and served alongside us all that week.

Would you dance in the rain? We can praise Him even in the dark of night. And He comes to us. Will you dance in the rain?The sight and sound of their worship time marked me forever. To understand, you must get a picture of the heaviness in Haiti at that time. There was such devastation and want. Many had lost family members in the earthquake only a few months before.

Most of the church people had either lost their home or had it damaged by the earthquake to the point they could no longer live in it – or they would not because they feared the earthquake would return.

They held services under a tent because the people refused to gather inside the existing structure. Many of the church members were living in tents, as well.

So, you have the mental picture of heat-without-relief, dust and decay left by the earthquake, extreme poverty, deep sadness and personal loss. The heaviness of these precious people was tangible. We could feel it.

Then, they worshiped.

That evening, the people returned for the Sunday night service. The sun was about to set, meaning the stifling heat would diminish a little. After scripture reading, the choir began to sing. As the music picked up momentum, they started to sway back and forth.

In a little while, we sensed a commotion at the rear of the church tent. A gentle rain had begun to fall. Right there, in the middle of the worship service, a few of the women started to run out from under the tent.

They began to dance. In the rain.

When my faith gets tired and my hope seems lost
You spin me round and round and remind me of that song
The one You wrote for me
And we dance…we dance…

God has allowed me to travel many places. I’ve worshiped with wonderful people around the world and here at home. Nothing was ever more beautiful than that moment in Haiti.

In the deep, dark pit of that time in their life, He sent the rain. And they were not too proud to praise Him for it.

If we smell the scent of rain, will we run? If we feel the rain falling on our face, will we dance?

His going forth is prepared and certain as the dawn, and He will come to us as the [heavy] rain, as the latter rain that waters the earth. Hosea 6.3b

Listen to We Dance HERE. (by Steffany Gretzinger & Amanda Cook © 2013 Bethel Music Publishing)

feature image – Dominik Martin

tall image  – Clem Onojeghuo

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