Lessons from the Rain


To hear the rumble of thunder in the sky above and the drumming of rain against the windows was so refreshing! I looked through windows around me and the skies were dreary this morning. As I chilled on the couch, I felt a calming coolness in the air. It was definitely an overcast morning, but even in that moment when it was wet and dark, I found beauty.

It’s really been hot lately. The humidity drenching this island nation has been stifling! I remember about a year ago, my one goddaughter said, “This heat is disrespectful!” In fact, for a few years, I’ve noticed it has been feeling like summer from about April.

But despite the darkness which enveloped what may otherwise have been a bright morning, I took it all in with pleasure. The rain drops falling from the roof and splashing onto the grass and porch were music to my ears. Once the downpour had come to a crawl, I heard the beautiful singing of birds. Meantime overhead, a softer rumble of thunder, as a cool whiff of breeze flowed through the window, fanning my skin.

Then it happened. Suddenly. Just as I thought it was coming to an end, there was another steady downpour. I honestly welcomed it for the sake of the brittle, brown grass which seemingly has no life, but also because I needed this natural air conditioning system.

I was certain that at some point in the day, the sun would raise its head and its rays would return to scorching this part of the earth and its inhabitants. There is always sun after the rain.

I began to think of the people of Grand Bahama and Abaco who have literally just weathered the storm. Hurricane Dorian was torrential in every sense of the word. It was a downpour like none other. It rummaged through the islands like a drunken sailor.




Now here comes COVID-19 with its slippery, slick self – spreading its infected wings among our people, resulting in sickness, death, joblessness and throwing us into the economic doldrums.

It’s raining my people. For some, the rain is heavier than for others. So many people are struggling, hurting…wondering how bills will be paid and how food will get on the table. You see how easy it is to have a job today and lose that job today? You see how bills can be paid in full month after month and now there be a struggle to even give a down payment?

This is the time to trust God to provide ALL of your needs (Philippians 4:19). This is the same God who provided manna from heaven in the desert (Exodus 16:12-15). This is the same God who instructed the birds to feed Elijah during a famine (1 Kings 17:1-6). During this rain, let us draw closer to God, recognizing our dependence upon Him. He is the same God yesterday, today and forever. He is not like man. He cannot lie.



Growing in Christ,



Where is God in the Hurricane?

Marsh Harbour, Abaco in The Bahamas.

Photo credit: The Nassau Guardian

The devastation wreaked by hurricane Dorian is of mammoth proportions. This category five hurricane will go down as one of the most catastrophic to ever make landfall upon our archipelago.

What you see above is nothing compared to the widespread destruction levied by this monster of a storm. Bahamas Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis has described it as an “historic tragedy.” In fact, and unfortunately, five individuals are reported dead. It is believed that number will rise.

Meantime, the scope of loss is indeed wide and already impacting many who have nothing left but the clothes on their backs. Dorian literally tore through Abaco and Grand Bahama, leaving death, destruction and dismay in its wake. Many feel hopeless.

Only he who feels it knows it, so unless you were holding the four-month-old baby and the roof just lifted off, you do not know how it feels. Unless you swam down the street you usually drive down – with the dogs in tow – desperately trying to get to safety, you do not know how it feels. Unless you huddled in the bathroom as the winds ferociously howled above and the rain stampeded through what was previously a roof, you do not know how it feels.

But God does.

It is hard to comprehend that God was there all that time and allowed such widespread ruination. It even makes people question whether He cares. But the text that comes to mind is found in Job 13:15, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him…” Even in the midst of tragedy, when we do not understand and we struggle, we must believe that God STILL IS. He is ultimately in control and sometimes he uses such circumstances to bring us closer to Him. Tragedy hurts, but even in the hurt, hope in God’s comfort. He is an “ever present help in the time of trouble” (Psalm 46 v 1) and despite the losses, I am sure there are many stories of deliverance, hope and a restorative view of humanity. Our people are coming together like never before and showing love….God’s love.

Undoubtedly, much brokenness will spring forth from what has occurred over the past few days, but I believe God will use this “historic tragedy” to bring people to Him. There is hope. Lean upon Him. Talk to Him. It’s easier said than done, but we have to trust Him even when we cannot trace Him. He’s there. Quietly…in the storm.

Growing in Christ,