“Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head. But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turnin’ red…”
I opened my umbrella on the 2nd verse and did a lil choreographed dance: “Cryin’s not for me, ‘NO,’ ‘Cause I’m never gonna stop the rain by complainin’ Because I’m free, nothin’s worryin’ me.”
The stage made me a hypocrite that night, even though I didn’t know what a hypocrite was. The truth is, I was not free. And I worried and cried through blue-eyes-turned-red a LOT. They weren’t cute, lil ole raindrops falling on my head. They were more like marble-loaded mud pies.
First, there was the patch I had to wear for my stigmatism at school everyday, along with big thick lenses for my weak eyes. Then there were the mean and teasing kids, telling me my mom walked and talked funny, chanting “Four Eyes” jingles from across the playground.
The mud-pies kept falling, and I’d guessed it was gravity’s fault.
But I can’t share this muddy story from my past without emphasizing the umbrella. It was strong. It kept me from falling down and drowning in my tear puddles. It was the decision that same year to put my faith in Jesus Christ. From that point, I knew deep down in my heart that my Father in Heaven was with me, protecting me in ways I couldn’t understand.
I won’t pretend that becoming a Christian that year changed everything. The junk ensued…worsened even. I didn’t understand why God allowed the bad stuff to happen, and I told Him so. But He never stopped giving me the faith to believe in His love for me, greater than anyone or anything could ever provide for me.
Psalm 16:11 became a dry patch of land along the way: “You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.”
True freedom isn’t about being brave enough or positive enough. It’s about holding on to Christ through all circumstances, letting Him be our Protector, our Joy…our very Life. As we walk step by step under the umbrella of His unfailing love, then and only then can we genuinely belt out, “Because I’m free, nothin’s worryin’ me.”
What circumstances do you need to release to God’s love and protection today?