Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation may spring up, and let it cause righteousness to sprout up also; I the Lord have created it.
We Took a Walk in the Rain
It’s was an overcast day and I couldn’t help but feel that the current weather reflected the current mood of many of us. My youngest son had been plugging away at his computer all morning and into the afternoon. As his frustration grew and his patience weened, I knew it was time for a break. With the rest of the family trying to work in peace and quiet in what seems like every corner of our home, we decided we needed to head outside to get some fresh air. We put on our raincoats and boots, grabbed the dogs leash and took a walk in the rain.
A lot can be learned from a walk in the rain…
Our weather has been so dry. This rain is a blessing and will nourish the trees, plants, and grass. It washes away the bothersome pollen and the visible dirt. The rain makes you want to curl up at home, rest, relax, and spend time with loved ones. For those who still need to work in the rain (like the lawn crew I see on our walk), the rain certainly doesn’t make their job easier. It’s a challenge to figure out how to work around it and how to adapt your usual approach. I see these men and women donning ponchos and working as a team to do what they may normally be able to accomplish alone.
The rain is a great metaphor for our pandemic…
Before quarantine our lives were ironically over-saturated with things and with activities and busyness, but ironically we were thirsting for true connections. We needed more family time… quality family time – not time spent in the car between school and practice and not a rushed dinner before rehearsal. We needed to connect with each other in a deeper and more intentional way. We were like the dry ground practically begging for the rain. Well, the rain came. As much as we don’t like this current “front,” it’s hard not to see how it’s truly giving us new life, or a renewed life, rather. We’re reconnecting with friends and making precious memories with our families. We no longer avoid eye contact with neighbors and passers bye, we no longer make a quick, only necessary phone calls. We’re purposely seeking out connection…in any way shape or form.
Take this gift from the Great Rainmaker…
Instead of being flooded with the fear, anxiety and helplessness that go along with the Coronavirus, we can turn our faces to the sky, feel the cool rain and accept this gift. Although not perfect or planned…even though it wasn’t in the forecast of our lives, we can see the good parts in it and the good things we can learn from it. We can take this time and this perspective to grow and to realize that EVERYONES house gets rained on, no matter how big, perfect or protected… but when the rain comes, we ALL have the power to choose to hide from it or to take a walk in the rain.