Showers of Blessing in Olinda
As Jesus was ministering in the carpenters shop Ellen White tells us that He was often found raising His voice in song to God. She says that those living in Nazareth would often here His voice and although discouraged by a hard day and the trials of life, they would feel their burdens lifted and their hearts cheered by the melody. His songs brought their mind away from themselves and to their heavenly home. Yesterday our group went for a picnic and walk in Olinda, wanting to enjoy the colours that autumn brings. As we walked, we got caught in a heavy downpour and had to take cover under a tree that barely kept us dry. While we waited to make a run for the cars, we spent the time singing praises to God, and saw passers by stopping to listen in as we sang. Though the day was cold and wet, the beauty of nature and company of friends were enough to cheer the heart. "The followers of Christ are to be the light of the world; but God does not bid them make an effort to shine... He desires that their souls shall be imbued with the principles of heaven; then, as they come in contact with the world, they will reveal the light that is in them." (MH p. 36) When trials come, or life seems dull and dreary and you're weary from labour, what songs of happiness are you lifting to God? You may find that as you sing, others may stop to listen.