“I’d make it rain on one village but not on another. I’d make it rain on one field but not on another—and that one would dry up. People would stagger from village to village crazed for water and never quenching their thirst. But you never got thirsty for me.” Amos 4:7-8 (The Message Bible)
Where I’m camping this summer the farmers are praying for rain to save their crops. If another week passes without a good soaking rain, the leaves on the corn and soybean plants will begin to shrivel and the grain will stop maturing.
We have a new iPad that has an app which allows us to follow storm cells. The other day we watched a cell appear over our campground, and moments later a cloud dumped a nice rain, but it didn’t last long enough to help do anything more than settle the dust on the road in front of our site.
In today’s scripture, the Israelites continued to ignore God. To try to get their attention, he dumped rain on some villages and none on others. Even with this extreme measure, the people didn’t change their way; eventually God went with Plan B: He sent Jesus as our wake-up call to save us from our sins.
I hope the farmers around here aren’t thinking that God is picking on them when the storm cells pass by their fields.
Dear Lord, thank you for prosperous years, and when we are less fortunate, for providing all our needs—one way or another. Amen.