Posts tagged ‘rain’

December 5, 2012

Surviving The Storm

by pastortimfowler

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As you might have noticed, I have not been putting out blogs at the pace I normally do. There has been a lot going on that has demanded my attention and so I had to eliminate some things from my daily routine temporarily. As if the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons are not busy and hectic enough, I have had to deal with several other issues that added to “the storm”.
I like to call things that keep me extra busy storms because it sounds much more dramatic than just saying that I have been too busy to do some stuff. A storm makes you think that winds are raging and thunder and lightning are threatening and the danger element is really high. So if I had to be really honest about it, I guess instead of a storm, I have been in a rain event.
Rain events are nothing to be laughed at. During a good rain, things can get really wet and even cold and that does not feel good. Rain can make you want to sleep more and forget about going outside to do other stuff. Rain may sound innocent, but let me tell you, until you have seen the rain that I have seen, you don’t have a clue. And then if it rains on a Monday, well, rainy days and Mondays always get me down.
Probably the worst thing about the rain in life is when you get those breaks where the sun comes out, so you go outside and don’t wear a raincoat or take an umbrella and you are scared that it may rain again and get your hair wet. That can cause a lot of stress. I mean, what if it really does start raining again? Then what?
I was out in the middle of a big field one time and did not have a raincoat or an umbrella and it started raining. At first it was a gentle mist, but then it became a constant mist, and, add in the wind, or breeze, and it was like being in the middle of a field getting wet and there was nothing you could do about it. Although it only lasted a few minutes, I got wet. And, although I shave my head and so my hair was not affected, I felt the stress that others who might have hair would have felt if they were out in that field too. And for those who would scoff at this, later that day, it rained really hard and I was a bit shaken at the thought of how, if that would have happened while I was out there, that I could have gotten really wet.
So, although what I have been through is not really a storm of life, but rather a rain event, I wanted you to know that I am fine. I have relied on my years of experience to get me through it. I also try to remember that even though the rain of life is tough, there are people who are going through the storms of life, and in those storms there is most often rain. So if you just think about the rain and block out the thunder and lightning and raging wind and all the really bad stuff that goes along with a storm, and just think about the rain, then you will understand what I am going through and you won’t be so critical about me not blogging for a while.
Yes, God can calm the storm. Sometimes He chooses to clam the child in the storm. But when it is just raining, God is still there.

September 7, 2012

Camping With A 7 Year Old

by pastortimfowler

 

Our Cub Scout troop from our church is taking a weekend camping trip to the beach this weekend. Because my son has to work, I, Papa, will be taking the 7-year-old boy. I have the tent loaded up, sleeping bags, flash lights, munchies, laptop, and wireless card, all necessities for this trip, ready to go. I will be picking him up as soon as he gets home from school and driving 3 and a half hours to the campground.
Because I have to be back for church Sunday morning, we will only be staying the night and most of the day tomorrow. The others will be staying through to Sunday. On the agenda is a beach clean up. cook out, and some fishing. We will have a good bit of free time Saturday, so there is no telling what else we may do. I am trying to decide if I want to take the bikes and or the dog.
Those who know me know that me and kids are a weird mix. I love them and enjoy watching them when they are with others. So now I get to hang out with a bunch of them and get to spend the night in a tent with my own 7-year-old boy. I WILL HAVE FUN!
I am looking forward to fishing and taking the boy to the beach. If I take the dog, I look forward to trying to get her in the water. This is the little white dog and she is not a big fan of swimming, but loves to wade. I look forward to cooking breakfast in the morning. There is nothing like bacon and eggs cooked outside after a night in the tent. I am going to work hard and show the boy how to serve with a smile. I am looking forward to seeing how many strange pictures I can take and post on Facebook.
Last month I did a blog on how God was testing me and how for some reason I was being blessed with being around a bunch of Kids. Well, God is still blessing me. I have got to figure out what I am doing right. Perhaps it is time for a week of rebellion? Just kidding. I am learning patience and I am being given some time to make memories. After the death of my dog this month, God has shown me just how precious time with someone or something you love really is. So I am going to make the most of this. I am going to remember that when I was a kid, I didn’t have a granddad that spent time with me. I am going to make some memories.
So please pray for my patience and pray that I stay focused on the blessing at hand. Pray that I remember to laugh before I scream and only scream if I am having that much fun. Pray that the 3 and a half hour ride down there and back goes quickly. Pray that it doesn’t rain, but if it does, the wi-fi works. Pray that this time next year the 7-year-old boy remembers how much fun we had and wants to do it again.

September 5, 2012

DNC

by pastortimfowler

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So I heard today that the DNC is not going to use the Panther’s stadium for the president’s acceptance speech. The reasoning, they say, is because of the weather and more specifically, the threat of rain. I live twenty minutes south of Charlotte and can vouch for the lousy weather we have been having lately. It has rained more this summer than the last five summers combined. Our pool has been overflowing for weeks because of the downpours. We have seen storms come through that have dumped two and three inches of rain in an hour. So I can’t say that I blame them for the decision, even though the forecast for Thursday evening is only for a 30% chance of rain. But if that 30% gives us the same type of rain we have been having, it would be a mess.
I do not think that they were going to be able to fill the stadium though, even if the weather was clear. It was being configured to seat about 65,000 people and there have not been that many people in that stadium in a long time. Even when the Panthers play, they struggle to fill every seat, and they have Cam Newton. And lets face it, Cam Newton is much more fun to watch than a bunch of politicians. But the president is not the “rock star” he was in 2008 and they couldn’t fill it. So moving it was a wise move on both account, weather and attendance.
In a bold move, the DNC decided to move the last night of the convention to the Bobcat’s basketball arena where the rest of the convention has been taking place. Now except for the convention, here is a place that has not been full in a while. Not since the Hornets left has the Charlotte basketball team been able to fill the arena that they play at. Perhaps the President could come back to Charlotte during basketball season and really help out some people who are struggling.
The streets of Charlotte have been full of news media and delegates all looking for the next big story. The occupy movement has set up their camps and the unions have set up theirs. There are people who like the president protesting and people who don’t like him who are protesting. Meanwhile the 24 hour news cycle has not mentioned the rising unemployment rate of the host city and state. They have not mentioned the overwhelming waste of money to get a light rail system in place while an unfinished interstate loop has been dormant for years. They did not mention that gas prices in NC are about twenty cents higher than in my state just a few miles away and it is all because of taxes being so much higher in NC. They also did not mention that this president is the only living president not to visit the Billy Graham Museum that is located in Charlotte. After all, Billy Graham could fill any stadium.
But the big news will be that Charlotte NC hosted the DNC and in that I congratulate them. Charlotte is a great place to visit if you can get into the city. Most of the roads going in are closed for the next few days. But afterwards, you should visit. There is great things to do and it is easy to get a ticket to the major sports activities for now. But keep this in mind; Cam is better and if the Panthers start to win, the stadium will fill up, even if it rains.

July 14, 2011

Procrastination: No, Its Been Raining!

by pastortimfowler

Yesterday it rained very hard here. So hard in fact that water found ways into my house that normally don’t allow water in. In my living room, there was enough water that came in that I used every towel we had, and then remembered that I had a wet/dry vac. Funny how you forget what you have when there is an urgent situation happening, but when you are walking through Home Depot you think of every impossible situation in order to justify buying that new toy.
I have been talking for weeks about doing a few things around the house that I knew could cause some problems, but it is hard to do yard work when it seems to rain every afternoon. Throw in a sore back and a busy schedule and it adds up to Murphy’s Law at my house. And we have known from the day we bought this house that there were a few things that needed some attention.
We bought this house shortly after we moved up here 9 years ago. Our intention was to do a few things to it and then rent it out and buy a newer home. This one is very old and shows its age. So we never had a great sense of urgency to do a lot, and when you plan to do things bit by bit, something always seems to distract you until it rains really hard and you remember why you said the first thing you need to do is cut that tree and replace those windows.
Now that nine years have passed and fortunately this was one of the few disasters that we have had due to the age of the house, I am making a new list of priorities. We have grown to like the house, despite its age and flaws. It is small and easy to maintain, as long as we do the maintenance. But I will be getting rid of that tree and a few bushes. Thanks to the weather, I may get the roof replaced too. Those windows have got to be changed and now I think I will have some new flooring put in. While I am at it I need to paint, and put on some new siding, replace those doors on the closet, fixed that toilet that you have to jiggle, and my sidewalk needs a section replaced.
We have been using Dave Ramsey’s financial teaching on getting out of debt and managing our money. He says to save for things like this. So I am pretty sure I can afford to cut those bushes down and trim back that tree. I can afford a tube of caulk for that old window, and we never really use that closet door anyway. I do have a pretty good habit of jiggling the toilet and have never fell over that crack in the sidewalk. If the insurance covers the roof and I wait on the siding, and that floor isn’t that bad, I can get everything done in a few weeks, if it will just stop raining every afternoon.

March 9, 2011

Complaining about the mud.

by pastortimfowler

My old pastor once told me that if you prayed for rain, you should not complain about the mud. But I hate the mud. Mud ruins your carpet, your shoes, your ability to let the dogs use the doggy door all day, it just messes things up.
In the Old Testament book of 1Kings, chapter 17, Elijah the prophet said it would not rain for 7 years and it didn’t. Can you imagine 7 years with no rain. You go 7 weeks around here with no rain and people start freaking out. They did not have water systems back then like we do today that can bring water from miles away they had to depend on what fell from the sky and that was about it. 7 years with no rain would cause many problems. Imagine what the gardens were like. After a while there would not be any gardens and if you didn’t store up years worth of food, you and your family would starve.
After a few weeks drinking water would begin to run low. Washing dishes would cease. I think this is the first place that paper plates were thought of. I’m just sayin’…
Bathing would have to be all but stopped. That would make for some smelly people. Can you imagine some of your friends who smell now because they don’t bathe every day and what they would smell like after a month or two? Of course kids would be happier. They never like to bathe anyway.
I am sure that many of the golf courses back them had to shut down and football fields switch over to Astroturf.
How many of the folks do you think were praying hard for rain after a few months? How about after a few years? Can you imagine the praying going on in year seven? I bet everyone who knew God, thought they knew God, thought that others knew God, and even those who knew they didn’t know God were praying. It is funny how many and who prays when a disaster hits. I heard a guy asking people to pray for his mom who just found out she had cancer and he was an atheist. It’s like someone once said, ‘There are no atheists in foxholes’.
So as the story goes, after seven years with no rain, this same guys prayed for rain and it happened. How many others do you think took credit for the praying that day? Everyone who was ever a religious person of any sort was taking credit for that one.
The story I am talking about does not go here, but I wonder, how many people, shortly after it was raining a while and there was mud all over the place, started complaining about all the mud? You know it and I know it, people complained. Stuff being washed away, houses being forced to get new roofs, cars being flooded.
My point is this. With every curse there is a blessing and with every blessing there is someone going to complain.
Think about what you ask for, you just might get it.
So, if you pray for rain, enjoy playing in the mud for a while.