Food for Thought: Rains of renewal
To say that we have gotten a lot of rain this year would be an understatement. I don’t know the official data but from my own 16 years of experience living in Colorado Springs, this is some of the most consistent rain that I have ever seen.
I am amazed every day at how stunningly-green our area is because of all the rain we are getting. Everyone I speak with is in agreement that the beauty we are seeing in our area, at this time of year, has not been seen in a very long time. And in this woman’s opinion, we are long overdue! Almost daily as I watch the afternoon storm clouds roll in, I breathe a sigh, knowing that it will cool down temperatures and continue to nurture and feed all of the beauty around me, keeping it green for another day.
As far back as I can remember, I have always loved the rain no matter how it displays itself. From a soft spring rain that soothes the soul and calms the mind, to a storm charged with so much sound and light that it sets all the senses aflame. And, no matter the intensity, it always takes me to the Lord. The soft spring rain causes me to feel His tender love for me in a soft caress. The mighty storm reminds of the awesome, powerful God that He is. Whatever its strength, the rain, just like everything else in nature, has a way of displaying various facets of His personality. And having the rain, that by itself, is evidence of our Lord’s love.
Zechariah 10:1 “It is the LORD who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people, and plants of the field to everyone.”
So, while there are some that feel a little bah-humbug because of all this rain, let us focus on the renewal to the land that it is bringing to so many areas. Let us bask in the extended spring that we are being blessed with and be filled with joy, both in the nature around us, and, in Him. And with that spirit in mind, remember, some people feel the rain, others just get wet.
Beryl Williams is the co-founder of the ministry, Daddy’s Little Girls with the focus of the ministry being female abuse survivors. She has authored a memoir called “He Showed Me Why” and is a public speaker. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org with her website being www.daddyslittlegirls.net.