McDowell Technical Community College

Mine Creek Baptist Church

And the Rains came…

 By Preacher Chris Rathbone

Mitchell County

             The dry season that happened last year seems to be a distant memory. Hardly anyone brings it up in a conversation. Often during the summer of 2016 people would say things like, “We need rain badly!” Others would talk about how dry their gardens and yards were getting. I saw several church signs that were instructing everyone to “Pray for rain!” We made rain a special object of prayer during our Wednesday night prayer meeting many times. Almost every time I watched the news for the weather the shortfall of rain was always mentioned. The weatherman (or woman) would talk about how many inches we were behind for a certain month.

In the middle of all that came along the climate change gurus. There were special interviews with different people talking about how the climate change problem was causing the shortfall in rain. Just a few years back it was called global warming. When that didn’t work out they changed it to climate change. If you think about it they’ve been telling us for years that if it’s too cold, too hot, too warm, too wet, too dry, too snowy, too icy, too cloudy, too sunny, too windy, too still, too whatever, it’s because of climate change.

Although there were some dry places a few times, I continued to mow my yard. All during the summer people were mowing, trimming grass, and tending their gardens. For sure the grass slowed in its growing but it grew nonetheless. A few times I hooked up my sprinklers to water the garden. Some of the local streams here got low. A fellow I know said he caught a trout and it had a tick on its back! Just kidding! If you went into one of the local gas stations often you could over hear people talking and the dry weather was the topic of conversations.

Some time in late November or early December the weatherman said that the weather pattern was going to change because of the change in what they call the jet stream. Sure enough it must have changed. Rain began to come every few days. Everyone was excited and thankful. I even posted a video of it raining on my Facebook page! The conversations began to change from how dry it has been to the good rain we were getting. We were all very thankful to say the least.

During all the dry weather we experienced the Lord kept reminding me of this thought, “It will rain.” So whenever someone would bring it up I would tell them that the rain will come. I kept telling folks that God would send the rain we needed. Now I’m not in any way saying that the dry weather wasn’t a serious situation. Crops were affected, wildfires burned (many if not most started by arson), and people lost their lives, homes, and businesses in some places. We prayed and will continue to pray for those affected. Some folks had their wells and springs dry up also. Certainly it caused some major problems. But in the midst of it all, God kept reminding me that the rains would come and they did.

Every since I was a boy I remember times when the weather was what we would call odd. There are late snowstorms in the spring. Sometimes in January and February there were days the temperatures would be in the 70s. There were summers when it was dry and hot and summers when it was wet and cool. Winter sometimes brought lots of snow and some years we could hardly get a snow day from school. Every since I can remember the climate has changed! Now all of a sudden many are freaking out by something that has been going on since the beginning!

You might be asking, “Preacher, what’s the point in all this?” Well the point is this; I believe many have listened too much to the doctrines of the world and have forgotten the promise of God. God has made mankind a promise about the climate in His Word. The problem has been that man has abandoned God’s word. Many Christians themselves have apparently forgotten the promise God made to Noah and all of mankind. Genesis 8:20-22 And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Now if you don’t believe in the promises and truth of God’s word, this won’t mean anything to you. But as believers in God and His Word this truth should surely change our perspective on things. This earth and the universe are in the care and control of their Creator. We are certainly to be good stewards of the resources God has given to us, that is just common sense. God promises us that as long as this earth remains the seasons will come and go. This earth will remain until the day God himself judges it. Rest in His promises and use some wisdom when it comes to being a steward of His creation.

This morning I’m looking out the windows of my home and watching the rain fall into the large puddles. Last night we could hear the rain falling outside the church during the evening service. I believe in the promise that God has given about this earth! Why? Because once again, just as He said it would…the rains came.

In Christ,

Preacher Chris