Footsteps in Faith: Finding joy in annoying things, like rain

| March 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Capt.) Randy Curry
728th Military Police Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

Here in the “Aloha State,” my favorite activity is riding around in my Jeep with the top down and the doors off.

That’s how I’ve come to enjoy life in the islands — at least when it’s not raining.

CurryWho knew there could be so much rain in these parts? Not me. I mean it sure doesn’t feel like paradise when I’m standing in formation in the rain at 6:30 in the morning.

Literally, that dampens my outlook on living in Hawaii.

Then again, without the rain we would not have the lush greenery, the tall palm trees, the fragrant flowers or the vibrant rainbows, right?

Many of us fall into the same pattern with the events in our lives and wind up complaining about “the rain.”
Often, we put too much focus on the annoying, aggravating circumstances and frustrations these events cause.

Rain in Hawaii reminds me of Alanis Morissette’s song, “Ironic.” According to her, “rain on your wedding day,” “a free ride when you’ve already paid,” or “having 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife,” is all a bit ironic. But for many people, these things aren’t ironic, they’re just plain annoying!

When such things happen, we normally default to fussing, complaining and grumbling. Then, we pick up the phone, call a friend, and start the cycle again.

Our challenge, however, is to appreciate the circumstances we are in.

Are you a content person or are you a complainer? If you aren’t sure, ask your spouse. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when we have to challenge ourselves to improve, to move out of the situation we are in.

However, too often we find ourselves complaining about the one bad thing while ignoring the 99 other things that are good in our life.

In the Bible, Paul writes about surviving difficult times. Do you know what his difficult times were like? For one thing, he was a prisoner and, mind you, this wasn’t a modern-day prison. He possessed no rights; he enjoyed no fairness.

However, during his confinement, he wrote this in Philippians 4:12-13: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

Know that God has not abandoned you in your circumstances. He has not banished you to this island like a reality show contestant. Be encouraged by what is written in Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

In life, whether you are getting wet when the top is down or pulling your hair out because the kids are screaming, remember that these circumstances won’t last forever.

Your life is not made up of one bad thing; that one bad thing is a small part of your greater life.

So stop and see your aggravating moments with greater perspective. Know that God is with you, that you have an opportunity to grow, and that the bad times — like the driving rain — will eventually pass. 

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