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By Joel Osteen - May 19, 2023

There was a story on the news about all the rain in California last winter. Areas that normally have a dozen inches a year had that much in just a few days. Month after month of record-breaking rainfall caused billions of dollars in damage from floods, mudslides, rockslides, and levees breaking. People had to evacuate areas, and they returned to devastation. But when springtime rolled around, something unusual happened. Wildflowers suddenly blossomed all across the desert hills and grassy fields. Whole mountainsides were covered with bright yellow and orange flowers, purples and pinks. Because of the historic rainfall, seeds that had lain dormant for years began to blossom. They call it a “superbloom.”

All the excessive rain caused so much trouble and hardship, but without it there wouldn’t have been a superbloom. It’s the same principle in life. We all have difficulties, and sometimes there are downpours. It’s one thing after another—trouble at work, a child is off course, we suffer a loss or have to deal with a health issue. Thoughts tell you, “This is the way it’s always going to be. You’ll always struggle, always have heartache, always be lonely.” No, all that rain is a sign that a superbloom is coming. You’re about to blossom. You’re going to see favor, opportunities, and new relationships that you would never have seen without the rain.

We don't like the rain and floods—the sickness, someone walked away, a contract fell through—but the rain is necessary. There are seeds in you that will only open up by going through excessive rain. The rain seems like a setback, but it’s setting you up for greater levels. On the other side of that difficulty is favor that you’ve never seen. It may be raining hard in your life right now. You’re doing your best to stay faithful, but nothing’s getting better. You’re tempted to get discouraged and accept that it will never work out. Well, get ready. There’s a superbloom in your future. You’re going to see God do what only He can do. You’re coming out of that lack into abundance. You’re coming out of that sickness into good health and vitality. You’re coming out of the loneliness into great relationships. You’re coming out of the anxiety into joy, peace, and victory.

The apostle Paul said it like this: “A wide door of opportunity is open, and there are many adversaries” (1 Corinthians 16:9). Don’t let the rain of adversity fool you. There may be flooding now—heartache, disappointment, loss—but that’s not how your story ends. God is setting you up for a superbloom. You’re about to blossom, to flourish, to see new growth and greater favor. Your best days are still in front of you.

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