Raindrops On My Cheek

The other morning I went for a run.  It was a cloudy, drizzly morning.  As I started out down the road, I contemplated changing my running route and staying close to home just in case the gray clouds broke loose and the light drizzle turned into a downpour.

I opted to stick with my normal route of running straight out.  Then, this thought crossed my mind.

Eileen, you spend too much time focused on the downpour that may or may not occur.  

This is true, not only when it comes to winter rainstorms but also as it applies to seasons in my  life.  I don’t want waste any more time on this earth worrying about what could go wrong, do you?

Instead of focusing on how soaked I might get if I happen to get caught in a storm, I want to fully enjoy my current season.  I don’t want to miss the feeling of the raindrops gently coming down and landing against my cheek.

Instead of focusing on the storm that may or may not hit me five minutes up the road, I want to commit to putting one foot in front of the other and feeling the firm pavement beneath my feet. I want to appreciate each step along the journey.

Instead of focusing on future events, I ultimately have no control over, I want to breathe in and breathe out and remember that I will never get those breaths back…they’re gone. This moment, right now, is the gift I’ve been given.

It turns out, a downpour never occurred on my run the other day.  The sun never came out either.  A steady drizzle accompanied me the whole time.

I felt every drop.

I arrived home soaked, cold, and content.

See!

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble? (Psalm 27:1)

Linking up with Tracy today for Winsome Wednesday

20 thoughts on “Raindrops On My Cheek

  1. Suzanne

    If you put the words together in your picture, it says, “wicked faith.” This reminds me so much of how I live, and it’s exactly how I chose my one word for the year. I’m not so much held up by my past. I’m held up by my “what ifs” of the future. The Lord has not given us a Spirit of fear. We have His Spirit. A Spirit of wicked faith!!! Haha! Good word.

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  2. Lisa

    Eileen, your posts have really spoken to my heart these past few days. I don’t want to hold back, afraid of the storm that may or may not come. Instead, I want to run with abandon, believing that God has me in this place for such a time as this.

    Many blessings, sweet friend!

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  3. Katie

    “You spend too much time focused on the downpour that may or may not occur.” This gave me goosebumps! It is so easy to worry about things that might happen in the future, and I feel like my mind automatically just goes there. Thank you for this reminder.

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Katie, you’re words reminded me of the verse “Be transformed my the renewing of our minds.” I need to daily do this as well.

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  4. Jenifer

    Okay, LOVE Suzanne’s comment…wicked faith. Cool! 🙂

    So often I worry about what may or may not happen. I don’t want to do that anymore. I don’t want to worry about anything. I want to fully focus on my Savior! This is excellent encouragement!

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  5. Loretta

    Eileen, i agree with Lisa, your posts recently have spoken to me also. Thank you for your insight and help in digesting this season we are going through. I am going to write down that phrase about spending too much time thinking about that downpour that may or may not occur. I need that reminder!

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    1. Eileen Post author

      So glad they’ve encouraged you, Loretta. I need these reminders too! We all do. It’s so easy to lose our focus.

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  6. Kandi

    Eileen,

    Love the picture Eileen!! I am guilty of waiting for the other shoe to drop, thank you for writing this because I can become so focused on waiting for the down pour and trying to avoid it that I forget to enjoy the sweet blessings of the season I am in.

    Blessings to you Eileen.

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Oh, me too, Kandi. I think we need to gather up all those other shoes and toss them in the trash!! 😉

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  7. Tracy

    Hi Eileen – one thing that fills my mind when I think of you is your positive attitude and there seems to be a constant smile in your writing, even if tackling a serious subject. NEVER LOSE that sweet friend!! It is an amazing commodity and an awesome gift from the Lord. This is a beautiful post. Feel every rain drop and enjoy it! God bless
    Tracy
    ps: thanks for linking up Eileen and it was you I was thinking about when I posted it. I knew you’d enjoy that one 🙂

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Thanks for hosting this link-up, Tracy! I love participating when I am able. Thank you for your kind words too, friend!

      Reply

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