Some Random Thoughts on a Rainy Day

 Today it’s raining here in Florida.  I kinda like it.  It’s not a rain storm.  Or a hard, driving rain that makes you run for cover. It is a gentle rain.  A relaxing rain. A soil nourishing rain.  It’s not one of those cold winter rains like you have up North either.  I have the french doors of my office open so I can hear the light cadence of its falling onto the lanai.

 And so, I’m alone with a cup of coffee, the soft sound of the rain and my thoughts.  I like the solitude.  The calm.  It’s the kind of rain that would make for a good time to take a nap. Pleasant. Peaceful. Tranquil.

I’m thinking how God shows His love for us in this earth life as he sends the rain. John Updike wrote, “Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.”  Actually it is by the grace of God that we receive the rain.  The Psalmist penned, “You, O God, sent a plentiful rain, Whereby You confirmed Your inheritance, When it was weary” (PS 68:9).  Indeed without rain there would be no life.  And without God there would be no rain.

You can almost feel the earth receiving nourishment from this kind of rain.  I’m thankful for it since I don’t have to run my sprinklers tomorrow!  But more importantly the rain is needed to grow grass in the pastures.  For the cattle.  For the farmers.  The prophet Isaiah acknowledged that God would “…give the rain for your seed with which you sow the ground, and bread of the increase of the earth; it will be fat and plentiful. In that day your cattle will feed in large pastures.”  Rain is an important ingredient in supplying our food.

The rain is replenishing the lakes, the rivers and the streams.  Of course, we enjoy fishing, boating, skiing and other water sports.  But it doesn’t require a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt to know that rain water’s most important effect is providing us water to drink.

I’m thinking how that God shows us love for all of humankind with the rain.  In His Mountain Message Jesus said that our Father in Heaven, “…makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”  In was in that context that our Lord admonished us to love even our enemies.  Why?  Because God does.  His blessings are not just for his children, but for all people.  Think of a loving God that nourishes the land with rain for the atheist.  That waters the crops of the infidel farmer.  That provides drinking water for ungodly, immoral, and wicked folks that curse His name!  What a loving God!  And what an example to me–a sinner saved by grace!

Well, that’s about it for today’s post.  I’m just going to drink my coffee and enjoy watching and listening to the rain.  No sense in complaining about a rainy day.   Longfellow was right, “The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”  So, have a great week-end whether it’s a raining, snowing, or sun shiny day…regardless it’s all from the hand of God.  And God is good.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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4 responses to “Some Random Thoughts on a Rainy Day

  1. Aleta Samford

    We awoke to rain here this morning and my first words were “Thank you, Lord!” Texas so badly needs it! What a timely post. I’m glad you’re getting rain there, too. Made for some excellent thoughts!

  2. Ken Green

    Can’t make coffee without water, can you? I saw a billboard in South Africa, a land known for its gold and diamond mines. It read: “Our most precious resource: water.”

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