This is a passing rain storm as seen from the peak of Rib Mountain, Wisconsin.
When it rained, it rained hard. But when the sun shined, it shone with warmth and brilliance. Energized by yellow sunbeams, mist rose above the splashed ground.
The Lord sends blessing and adversity. Sometimes he curses. (Genesis 3:17-19). But even his curses are good. For “all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, ESV).
I form light and create darkness,
I make well-being and create calamity,
I am the Lord, who does all these things.
Shower, O heavens, from above,
and let the clouds rain down righteousness;
let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit;
let the earth cause them both to sprout;
I the Lord have created it.
Woe to him who strives with him who formed him,
a pot among earthen pots!
Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’
or ‘Your work has no handles’?
— Isaiah 45:7-9, ESV.
We are here because God gave us life. Our very existence shows that we belong. Do God’s clay pots have no handles? Did he make us wrong?
Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.
— Exodus 4:11-12, ESV.
The Lord calls to us. Jesus is our righteousness. (Jeremiah 23:6). No matter what our calamity or circumstance, he has a place for us. Because of Jesus we belong.