Days And Nights In Seattle
Damainion L. Ewell
“The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.” (Deuteronomy 28:12-13, NKJV).
Envision yourself overtaken in the biggest flood imaginable. The water collapses upon the heads of the people all in one continual dropping. The force of the water causes buildings to explode off of their foundations. The sheer force of the waterfall causes concrete to crack and seemingly immovable objects to float down the road like a life support device. Crops are destroyed, and any unfortunate soul that stands in the way is overcome by the brute strength of the tidal wave.
Not a pretty picture to paint, now is it?
This is the tactic of our mortal enemy. His strategy of warfare is to simply OVERWHELM an unsuspecting person that is going about their day to day business. He gets lustful satisfaction in driving those he hates into the most desolate, dry and cactus-yielding circumstances that his putrid mind can conjure up. The enemy DESPISES moisture of any kind, as it depicts a sense of life and productivity in his demonic eyes. If you think about it, what causes plants to grow? Sunshine and moisture are the two major components that causes vegetation to flourish to its highest potential. There is no force darker than the enemy, and the dry land is his playground.
What is this dry land that I am talking about?
When the monsoons, tsunamis and storms of life inundate our daily living and cause us discouragement on every side, we look to a dry land to wipe our heads, get warm and come up with another plan of action. We look to this dry land for refuge, and quite simply, we look to this dry land to take a break! Unfortunately, we are not aware that the storm came to knock us off course and to rob us of everything we love. Divorce is the storm that comes to wash away the beauty and awe that a family intact represents. Child molestation is the storm that comes to wash away the innocence of a child and leaves the stain of a tainted and uncertain future. War is the storm that comes to wash away the peace of a large territory and brings enmity to nations of people without a legitimate reason. Drug addiction is the storm that comes to wash away the freedom of a focused mind and drag it into the deepest pits of depravity. Sex is the storm that comes to wash away the pristine condition of a body blessed by God and ravages it with AIDS, Herpes and various perversions.
The flood is coming!
In the life of every person that walks this planet, there is absolutely one certainty: the storm is on the way. The storm is uncomfortable to the point where most do not even want to leave from underneath the roof that keeps them dry. In our own finite minds, if we stay indoors, the chances of getting wet are slim to none. But, in the mind of our mortal adversary, he has you right where he wants you when you stay indoors. He does NOT want you to have a rain-soaked pants leg or a poncho hanging in the closet. He does NOT want you to have an umbrella rack or a hooded sweater to protect your face. He does not even want you to have a newspaper to place over your head when those items are not available. He wants you to back up and retreat like some scared school child being harassed by the locker room bully.
No one can ever say with a straight face that they have faced the tsunami under their own power and prevailed. You would flee for the highest point of land possible and let the chips fall where they may. No one can ever say with a straight face that when the tornado came in close enough range to bring the destruction, they stood pat without a smidgen of fear. Anyone with a brain would flee to the cellar underground or high-tail it out of town. No one can ever say with a straight face that when the hurricane came, they did not for one second think that safety was within reach. You gather up any precious memory you could and pray that the storm would not desecrate the rest. The storm the enemy will bring your way is his Operation Desert Shield of sorts, using Agent Orange and other tactics to dismember your joy and disarm you of your peace. However, this is his biggest mistake. The enemy brings all his water and storms all at once to destroy you.
What does God do?
Now, envision yourself walking outdoors to a light sprinkle. The mist is not wet enough to cause your clothing to become drenched, yet wet enough to leave water beads on every surface. The condensation upon the grass provides a cool drink that causes the lawn to become greener and more vibrant. The continual dripping from on high provides a sip to the flower and taunts their petals to open up. As the sun peeks through the showery atmosphere, you notice a beautiful rainbow in the distance. Every color that the human eye can comprehend draws you closer, and you are not thinking about the pot the gold or the leprechauns that legends have so tenaciously purported. You see the blessings that abound in the offing.
Welcome to your “Seattle” experience!
“Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth." And God said: "This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh” (Genesis 9:11-15, NKJV).
Seattle is, by all accounts, one of the rainiest cities in the United States. It is overcast or rainy at least 200 days per year and averages nearly 40 feet per year in precipitation. The rains come and saturates the land, but Seattle has an unusually low record of heavy downpour. Only a few times in the history of this beautiful city has any flood activity ever been recorded. Why?
“When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19, NKJV).
Think of the blessings of the LORD as a constant drizzle. He reigns in the rain and the storms of your life. His love whets your appetite, and his blessings soak your existence. As the enemy backs you into that dry land with seemingly no place to go, the LORD brings the water that pumps life back into your life. The LORD removes every tumbleweed and every dust-ridden experience and commands the outcome to be rich and lavish. The LORD turns off the faucet of the monsoon and transforms it into a sunny day. The LORD silences the winds of a hurricane and transforms them into a breeze only strong enough to shake the wind chimes. The LORD subdues the waves of a tsunami and transforms them into an innocent surfer’s greatest adventure.
“Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the
ory of the LORD” (Ezekiel 1:28, NKJV).
Your Seattle experience with the LORD is one to be treasured, and so as long as you stay in His face, the drizzle will keep coming. If you take a garden hose and spray water directly into the sun, most likely a rainbow will form in the middle of the stream. It is in the drizzle that He provides that will prevent you from becoming the victim of a dry experience. Allow Him to rain upon you His continual love and protection. Allow Him to reign in every avenue and in every aspect of your life. Allow His Seattle experience to gently wash away the anxiety, pain and letdowns that have visited your doorstep. Allow His gentle mist to captivate your senses and reinvigorate your walk with Him. Allow Him to make your mornings a fresh dew and your nights a deluge of relaxation. If you are willing to walk into the deepest part of the drizzle, the enemy and all of his dryness will flee. On that day, henceforth and forever more, the victory is yours!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Damainion L. Ewell is the Editor-In-Chief of Gospel Highlights, an all-new Christian lifestyle and gospel music magazine. The magazine was launched in May, 2009, and can be viewed at http://www.gospelhighlights.com. He has been a freelance writer for almost 12 years, and his work has been seen by readers all over the world.
Damainion relocated back to the Washington, D.C. area in late 2008, and his pen is on fire for the glory of Jesus Christ. Along with his magazine endeavors, he is working on his first book, the tentatively titled “The Articles Of Inspiration,” and is enjoying the perks of being the father of three beautiful children.
Damainion can be reached via his official website: http://www.godswriter.com.