Pitter, patter, pitter, patter, pitter, patter… the raindrops begin to fall on dry ground. Within minutes, as the earth soaks up the fresh rain, a beautiful fragrance wafts out. The fragrance of moist earth.
A common occurrence. Usually taken for granted. The condensation of water vapour in the clouds causing rain drops to be formed and dropped on to earth. Some scientific explanation. Can we then produce rain? Why not, say the scientists. We have cloud seeding, the so-called artificial rain. But then these attempts work (and not always too!) only if clouds first exist!
Just imagine if there was no rain on the surface of the earth. Let us pause and imagine.
No puddles for little boys to launch paper boats.
No greenery or foliage.
The Creator God indeed knew best. So, He created rain. A blessing, which He bestows impartially on both the good and the evil men. Rain washes the earth and slakes its thirst as it were.
Drought makes us realize the value and worth of rain. The barren land develops cracks and dries up completely. The flora and the fauna dry up and die. People suffer and perish. Starvation, dehydration and death stalk the humankind. The last and least especially get utterly lost.
Farmers look upward for rains. In rain fed areas, they depend entirely for rains to make their crops grow. If rains fail, they go into a loss. So they yearn and pray for timely rains right from the day they sow the seeds. The much-needed moisture for the plants is provided by the rain. Seedlings grow and give the harvest they want only if adequate rain falls.
Indeed rain is a blessing from God who bestows it abundantly in season.
What about the rainbow? The beautiful multicolored sign in the sky is a reminder. A reminder from centuries ago. When the earth was filled with evil, God had almost completely destroyed life on earth with a deluge, the great flood. Rain came then in torrents and flooded the entire surface of earth. Only godly Noah and his family, eight souls were kept alive along with animals, by the ark which Noah made, as told by God.
When Noah offers a thank offering after being delivered, God made him a promise, not to destroy life on earth with water again. To commemorate His promise, God gave the sign of the Rainbow.
So now, every time we see a rainbow we can be sure of God’s promise. Rain is totally a blessing from God because of His promise.
Designed and sent by God, rain arrives from heaven. The prophet Isaiah gives a description of rain. He says that it comes down and waters the earth and makes it bring forth and bud. It gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater. (Isaiah 55:10)
The Word of God, the Bible can be compared to rain. It goes forth from His mouth and accomplishes what He pleases. The purpose for which the Lord sends His word will be fulfilled. What a pleasant promise for us! (Isaiah 55:11)
As Christian believers in today’s world, we are rainmakers. We are responsible to see that the blessed rain of His Word is sent out to accomplish His purposes. And what is His purpose? That every soul must be saved. To that end, we must walk and talk, as His rainmakers.
May God bless each one of us abundantly and make us His Own rainmakers today!
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© 2004: Dr.M.A David S Kumar