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Topic: RAIN (04/18/19)
TITLE: Endless Sunshine
By Jude Harris
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But when I moved to a tropical island, it took me years to adjust to the endless sunshine, something most people envy islanders for. I felt guilt for missing the seasons and for complaining about the sameness of sunshine every day. The only real change in the island’s weather was the rain - aside from a hurricane or two. I learned to love the refreshing showers that broke the monotony of the sunny days.
So now, whenever I hear a rain shower I run to the back porch and savor it. I love all its personalities from gentle showers to downpours, even a little drizzle will lift my spirits. I enjoy the slightly cooler air and I love the sounds from little splats to giant roars. I love how it hushes out the noise of traffic or the neighbors. Rarely though, does the rain on the island darken the skies.
In this tropical weather rain usually happens in little pockets rather than being widespread enough to hide the sunshine. Our island micro-climates mean that it may be raining on the mountain, but two miles away on the beach it’s sunny and dry. The sunshine and rain will often share the same sky. Not only does the sun keep shining, it shines through the rain. When this happens the sky shimmers with ribbons of color arching over the sky and cascading down to the earth, creating a beautiful rainbow!
I do miss the four seasons, but I now thoroughly enjoy the island’s random rain showers. And if I were still in the midst of summers, autumns, winters and springs I’d miss all these glorious rainbows! I love how the island sun keeps its sunny disposition and just shines through the showers, glorifying God.
Perhaps we all need to be a bit more tropical when it comes to how we weather life’s downpours. Every time a change comes and threatens to dampen our spirits, we can get all dark about it or we can be like endless sunshine and use the rain to create rainbows instead.
Ezekiel 1:28a (NIRV)
28 The glow around him looked like a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day. That’s what the glory of the LORD looked like.
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