Singing in the rain
A few days ago, my wife Rosie and I attended a performance of “Singing in the Rain” at our local grammar school performed by some of the pupils including a few from our church. The theme song comes at a time when the character, Don Lockwood finds love and declares “I’m singing in the rain, just singing in the rain, what a glorious feelin’ I’m happy again”. The fact that rain is falling will not dampen the joy which he feels. “I’m laughing at clouds so dark up above, the sun’s in my heart and I’m ready for love. Let the stormy clouds chase everyone from the place, come on with the rain I’ve a smile on my face”.
The idea of singing in the rain is a powerful one. It is easy to sing and rejoice when the sun is shining and all is well, but how do we react when things as not so bright.
There are many stories of those who have faced many trials, but found the Son is shining above such as E. P. Scott, a missionary in India during the 1800s. Despite advice from others, Scott set out alone to visit a remote village to share the Gospel with a dangerous tribe. He was met by a large group of warriors who quickly surrounded him pointing spears towards his heart.
His reaction to this threat was to begin singing, in the local language “All Hail the power of Jesus Name”. by the end of the hymn, the warriors that had been so threatening were now stood silently with tears in their eyes and Scott went on to work with them and sharing the Gospel among their people for many years, a real example of singing in the rain.
We all know that ministry has its challenges and while it is easy to sing and rejoice in the good times there is the need to develop the ability to sing in the rain.
I look at the Psalmist who knew what it was to suffer, to begin a psalm with a good old complain then end in praise, and Paul who, though in prison wrote so much to encourage those who were, and are, working for the Lord. These two men knew what it meant to “sing in the rain”.
The Greek word in the Bible for endurance is hupomenó and carries such meanings as: to remain behind; to stand our ground; to bear up against a trial – literally, remaining under the load.
Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica to tell them that he really wanted to visit them but as he was unable to do so he sent Timothy to strengthen and encourage them in their faith. Paul was concerned that they may turn away from their faith in Christ and his feelings were so strong that he described himself as being unable to stand it any longer, not knowing about them. (1 Thessalonians 2:17-chapter 3:5).
Simon and I try to visit as many of you as we can during the year and like Paul, I don’t know what you are going through and how you are doing, yet I encourage you, by the grace of God to keep “singing in the rain”, keep laughing at clouds so dark up above knowing that the Son is in your heart, being ready for His love, even when it seems ridiculous or impossible to do so.