Finally we have a rainy day. (I wrote this on Saturday.)
I have been hoping for this for weeks. Every morning the weather report would say 20, 50, or 80% precipitation, but then just four drops, or two drops or no drops. And another day staring at the same view out the window.
I kept thinking of that verse in Proverbs … Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give. (Proverbs 25:14) My gift in this scenario is not to give, but to get rain.
Too much rain can be destructive, but a pleasant spring rain can be delightful.
I think I wanted rain because after sitting in the house for weeks upon weeks (as everyone is doing) I wanted a different view.
And finally today it rained – all day. I opened the window and let the chilly, but spring-like air inside, occasionally feeling a raindrop or two on my face.
Have you thought about rain? The Bible (especially the Old Testament) has many rain-themed verses. So during the next rainy, quarantined day, why not talk about rain with your kids?
And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights. (Genesis 7:12) The first storm – do your kids know that one of the reasons building the ark was truly an act of faith was because Noah had never seen rain?
May my teaching drop as the rain,
my speech distill as the dew,
like gentle rain upon the tender grass,
and like showers upon the herb.
For I will proclaim the name of the Lord. (Deuteronomy 32:2,3) Moses’ song of praise included references to rain,
And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land. (1 Kings 17:7) Lack of rain caused famine when people were disobedient.
“Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain and a way for the thunderbolt, to bring rain on a land where no man is, on the desert in which there is no man,to satisfy the waste and desolate land,and to make the ground sprout with grass?“ Has the rain a father,or who has begotten the drops of dew? Job 38:25-28) God speaks to Job and asks him who created the rain.
He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills. (Psalm 147:8) The Psalmist praises God.
A foolish son is ruin to his father, and a wife’s quarreling is a continual dripping of rain. (Proverbs 19:13) Favorite verse of my high school boys Sunday school class, especially the last part.
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. (James 5:7) A lesson in patience.
Thank you, God, for the rainy day.