The Rain

I have finally discovered my feelings about rain. Rain is definitely beneficial. Rain is a very good thing. For me, growing up in the Midwest, rain was usually something a little scary. Most of the time, though, it was the thunderstorms I remember. It was those storms I didn’t like. Now, after living in a place where the thunderstorm is the exception, I find rain to be exhilarating!

A long time ago when I was a young teenager, I spent summer days at home by myself. There were two or three buddies from the neighborhood and we would do things together. Both my mom and dad were working and I was old enough to stay home by myself. I could fix a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and other assorted easy foods so meals were not an issue. We lived out in the suburbs. It was a new home and when my parents bought it, it cost about $25,000. Expensive for the time but dirt cheap for now.  I am playing games with a friend in his house on one of those lazy summer days when we decide to get a game I have. You get used to seeing the dark storm clouds in the sky. That happens most every day. Today was no different. But once inside my house it started to rain and blow and we could not see outside. Not out the front room windows nor out the back patio doors.  We ran down to the basement where you are supposed  to go in a tornado. Coming up after a few minutes, the storm was gone and sun was shining. Across the street I could see someone’s garage dumped in the neighbor’s yard. My friend headed for his home. I called my mom not knowing what else to do. Our house was fine. But a couple of houses down the windows and roof were gone. So I do come naturally by my former dislike of rain.

Fast forward a few years. I live in California in the Central Valley. Rarely is there a thunderstorm. Yes, it rains hard sometimes but there is no lightning and no tornados. And now I get it! Just a rain shower is pleasant. The sound of the rain on the roof is somehow calming and exciting at the same time. It is something to go out and enjoy. Rain is now a friend. It is still beneficial. You can go out and play in the rain. Rain makes me smile.

I don’t know if there were any left over feelings from Noah’s family about rain after the flood. The Bible doesn’t say. Maybe their faith was bigger than their fears. I think so anyway. But God said He would never destroy the earth by flood again. And you can trust what He says.

What is the point of all this? God has everything under control. It all happens in His time and for His purpose. Trust in God and let Him handle your fears. When we rely fully on Him, He will lead us where He needs us to be. God is bigger than all our fears. And God rains down His love on each one of us. It’s not time to be afraid. It is time to step out into God’s rain and soak up His blessings!

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