Fell Like Rain
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Fell Like Rain
By Lois Parker Edstrom
Have you ever been caught in a rain storm without an umbrella? It’s not fun to get drenched by rain. Your clothes become wet and your shoes feel squishy.
The good thing about rain is that it refreshes the earth. It makes things grow, fills our rivers and streams, and provides drinking water for the animals.
When rain falls, who does it fall on? Yes, everyone. Rain doesn’t choose certain people in a crowd. Anyone who is outside will feel the rain. It doesn’t matter if you are short or tall, an adult or child, whether you are a boy or a girl…..
This idea helps us understand today’s Bible story. A crowd of people were gathered together after Jesus had left to be with God and the story tells us this: “While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word” (10:44).
In the crowd were believers who didn’t worship in exactly the same way, but they all felt the Holy Spirit (God’s Spirit) fall upon them. We could say the Holy Spirit fell like rain on this group of people. Just as people feel rain and know it as rain, these people felt the Holy Spirit and knew it as the presence of God. Every person felt God’s Spirit.
Before Jesus left to return to Heaven he said he would send the Holy Spirit to be with each believer. God’s Spirit refreshes us and makes us grow. It is available to everyone.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan