I hope the knees don’t put you off your dinner! I’d prefer you to admire the bright yellow jacket, and the beautiful colourful umbrella.
The English canal network was built to help the Industrial Revolution by linking suppliers to manufacturers and thence to the markets. Some of the engineering is amazing, and still highly efficient. Mostly, the canals are now used for leisure and holidays. The photo is me steering a narrowboat on a typical summer’s day- wet.
Rain falls on us all, just like trouble makes us equal- we all go through it. Question is- how do we respond?
Since we can’t control the world, we have to experience it. The famous film scene from “Singing in the Rain” comes to mind. A joyful heart finds a reason to dance. An “attitude of gratitude” is very positive, and can make all the difference to the effect of circumstances on us and our companions. And, naturally, an attitude of whingeing and whining makes it worse for everyone!
Add faith into the mix and what do you get? Surely faith builds our hope and expectation levels- and because we can trust the God DOES take care of the things we can’t control, we can sensibly waltz into the future with confidence. A classic example of the faith response is found (often) in the Psalms.
Read this- and spend a while thinking about the attitude we can have through trusting the Faithful One.
Psalm 13:1-6 (Message)
Long enough, GOD— you’ve ignored me long enough. I’ve looked at the back of your head long enough. Long enough I’ve carried this ton of trouble, lived with a stomach full of pain. Long enough my arrogant enemies have looked down their noses at me. Take a good look at me, GOD, my God; I want to look life in the eye, so no enemy can get the best of me or laugh when I fall on my face.
I’ve thrown myself headlong into your arms— I’m celebrating your rescue.
I’m singing at the top of my lungs, I’m so full of answered prayers.
That’s what I call “Singing in the Rain.”