We do not always relish rainy days! Many of us thrive on waking up to a bright sunny morning with azure blue skies.
Rainy days conjure up sneaking even further underneath the duvet, making every possible excuse not to have to get up on such a wet and miserable day, sleepily searching for the alarm clock, desperately trying to curb it’s rude awakening noise. All of this, so we can catch more sleep and not face the elements outside!
Yet, I pondered on rain. Why do we not relish a rainy day?
Well, it’s very wet, obviously, and we can get soaked in the showers. Pedestrians are not immune to getting a large wave of puddle water over them ,as a ‘pleasant’ motorist races past, ignoring the large pool of water at the kerb of the road! Brollies are not the best items to be carrying; they are potential ‘poke your eye out’ weapons! Shoes that are supposed to be water-proof suddenly spring a leak and you squelch the rest of your rainy walk to work! The dog comes in from the rain and shakes itself all over your clean floor……….and you!
Yet, despite all those negative situations, rain is a very necessary element, for without it, the earth and everything in it would die!
Water is also an essential part of our anatomical make-up, and, indeed, we are filled with nigh three-quarters water to one quarter blood!
We need water to drink. If we do not sustain ourselves with fluids, we start to dehydrate. Our skin loses it’s elasticity and we start to look like wrinkled prunes, let alone feeling rather ill, if we get to this stage!
We use it to wash with; we use it in cooking; we drink tea and coffee with it. We can have fun with water too, like swimming and splashing about in it!
The outdoors needs it’s fair share of water too. The plants and vegetation would dry up and become wizened without it. The ground would be parched and dry; cracked for lack of moisture, patterned like a crazy mosaic.
Wildlife would suffer and just become one with the cracked and arid mud, as they lay dying of thirst.
Suddenly, my conjured up idea of not liking a rainy day, seemed selfish and quite ridiculous; for as we need the sun we also need the rain.
God started out very early on in His creative plan for this world with water. Genesis 1:2 reads that ‘..the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.’
At the time of Noah, when God saw the wickedness of man on the earth, He was so grieved, and He knew that something had to be done. Apart from Noah and his family and the animals in the ark, God had to use water to cleanse the earth.
David the Psalmist wrote about his soul being like the deer panting after water. His spirit thirsted after God. This made me really question whether I really thirst after my Heavenly Father the way David described and the way God expects us to do.
Jesus knew only too well, how important water was. He used the water in the well in the Gospel of John to show the Samaritan woman the truth of who He was! The outcome was amazing, for many Samaritans of that city came to believe in Jesus too!
When Jesus died on the cross the soldiers wanted to make sure He was dead, so one of them thrust a spear in the Saviour’s side and water gushed out mixed with blood. How significant water really is!
There are so many other examples throughout the Word! It cleanses, quenches, sustains in every aspect.
Just from that one word - rain - I have managed to educate myself into understanding why God gave us rain, and why I should not loathe it or moan about the very wet weather!
Now, next time I wake up and it’s a rainy day, I pray that God through His Holy Spirit will encourage me to actually have the same joyful and exuberant emotion I have when waking up to a bright, sunny and azure sky day. Without either of them , we would wilt and die. With both of them we can flourish in our bodies and in our spirit.
‘Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.’ Isaiah 35:6 & 7