It is raining outside. The brown parched lawns that are such a halmark of the Seattle summer are giving way to verdant green. The leaves are showing signs of red and gold, preparing for the winter days that lie ahead.
Like most Seattlites I usually complain about the rain. But this morning as I sat watching it fall gently on my thirsty garden and drank in the fresh fragrance of the rain cleansed air my heart rejoiced. Baptism I thought. God has drenched the whole earth with love and faithful this morning. God has touched me too with a cleansing rain that has seeped into the dry and parched areas of my soul much as I wrote about earlier this year in a post entitled Thank God for the Gift of Water
My present morning readings come from Richard Foster’s new book Sanctuary of the Soul which I am reading to participate in a roundtable at the Patheos Book Club. This book contains some wonderful gems that are nourishing and refreshing me. In a section on repentance and confession Richard reminds us that confession is not just about rooting our the sinful and still unrepentant parts of our lives. Confession is also about revealing “the goodness and light and life that we never knew about ourselves. I love this quote he uses from Gordon Cosby:
Confession has to do with the facing and naming before God the darkness within us; it is also concerned with facing and naming before God the light within as it breaks froth with ever-increasing brillance.
This morning as I sat and watched the dawn break on a rain drenched world these words revolved in my mind and I started thinking about the many times I have had to face the darkness within myself and confess it. Then I thought about the places where light has broken in and I started to confess those too – not something that I do very often.
Wow, it really is like a morning after cleansing rain when the light shines more brightly, the air smells more fragrant and song of birds fill the air.
So my suggestion to all of you today is – take time to confess before God, not the places where darkness still needs to be uncovered but those wonderful places where God’s light is breaking through. I suspect that as it was for me, this will be like a cleansing rain, a moment of baptism and a very special encounter with God.