SOUND OF ABUNDANT RAIN [Walter C. Lanyon] 2
noisy voice must be silenced, and the asinine habit of setting the other fellow right, while you are full of obviousevils yourself, must stop. "I AM the way; walk thou in it."When you recognize that the substance you are asking for already exists, then you too will be able to say to abarren earth, parched for many years with the scorching sun of failure and lack, "There is a sound of abundantrain," and believe it. What you discover in the invisible - what you recognize as true of God - will become trueof the outer manifestation. "That which is told in secret shall be called from the housetops." Yea, "in my fleshshall I see God." But in order to see the manifestation of the rain, it must first be recognized in the invisible."Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man the things that areprepared for them that love the Lord." "The things that are prepared." When we recognize a thing from thespiritual standpoint of life, we will see it manifested in the visible world.You are fed with the hidden manna that your fathers knew not of - your fathers, representing the old order of thinking, the old forms of metaphysics which are dead and which you are told to let alone. "Let the dead burytheir dead." You have manna that they knew not of, for they had to see it with their eyes, and handle it withtheir hands, and they received no blessing. "Blessed are you because you have not needed a sign." You areblessed because you recognize that the Presence is everywhere, just as much in one place as another -everything in every place at the same time. "Awake, thou that sleepest, and Christ shall give thee light."You are feeding upon the heavenly manna, and when you do this in silence you will find that your materialbody is perfectly fed and cared for, and when you realize that you are clothed in the garments of praise andlight you will find the body clothed in perfect raiment. No wonder, then, you are invited not to consider therobes of the rich Solomon, but the ways of a lily; there is something most interesting in this. It is the manner inwhich the lily appears. Out of the unseen. Out of the invisible. Out of the very substance - which is about younow.No one thinks it strange when he plants a lily-bulb that a lily should appear in due season. Why should it bestrange, then that prayer is actually answered?The prayer is a thousand times surer of results than the lily-bulb, when the prayer is one of recognition, insteadof one of begging and beseeching. Why should you think it strange that the much-needed rain should come tothe desert? From the human standpoint I know there are a thousand reasons why it should not come, and thetestimony of the eye is anything but encouraging. It searches the dome of heaven and sees not a cloud, not apossibility of anything happening, and that is why you are told to "look not to appearances" as one of the firstlaws of bringing out the answer to true prayer.When the acceptance is made in the invisible, there comes a joyous abandon. Not a careless abandon, or indifference, but a joyous abandon, for it has been decreed. The dark cloud as big as a man's hand thatappears in the skies is enough to produce floods of rain, and so there is a joyous abandon. Hence thecommand to the poor tired servantbody, "Get thee up, eat and drink" - in other words, rejoice and be happy,for everything is all right, and there is a sound of abundant rain. There is a glorious feeling of letting down, or resting and relaxing, when we have thrown the weight of our lives over on to the shoulders of the prophet - theChrist within.Within the domain of everybody there is that something, which is symbolized by "the little cloud as large as aman's hand." You who read this page, you who have felt the hot, dry winds of futility and lost hope, - in your life that something is sufficient to produce it all, and it within you now, awaiting recognition.But the little cloud that is finally to produce the abundant rain has to be let alone, or else it will turn out to be acloud without rain. Many a person has become anxious that God could not or would not do His work in theright manner, and has turned back the abundant rain. Your anxiety for another, or for yourself, will only causethe famine to endure, for "I have a way ye know not of" - the I AM has a way that you cannot possibly feel or express. "My ways are not your ways - My ways are as high above your ways as the heaven is high above theearth."