now look like this.
it’s the rain’s fault.
sprinkling rain can be irritating, the raindrops poking at your skin like a thousand tiny needles. steady rain, for prolonged periods, does what happened this morning: destroys the plants that can’t withstand the pressure from so much water dropping from the sky, turning low areas into pools and lakes and giant puddles. heavy rains and storms are devastating – they bring us hurricanes and great flooding and take lives.
it’s easy to focus on the destructive effects of rain, to dwell on the negative, to complain about the lost beauty of the tulips whose petals are now splayed open.
it’s easy to forget the rain, this falling water, gives life, too. the properties that make water life-giving are due to its angle of the hydrogen molecules. it’s smaller than it should be based on the structure of a water atom: 104.5º. that number, moved even less than a full degree, would be devastating for life as we know it. and the molecule for which that number means so much falls from our skies, soaking into soil, traveling through the roots and stems of the plants from which we gather food. water is our lifeblood.
is it any wonder Jesus calls Himself the living water? that He promises us the form of this liquid that will quench our thirst forever?
maybe it’s not until we see the destruction water can wreak that we appreciate and respect it for the life it brings. maybe the rain is a sort of pruning, a step backwards in order that we might take an extra step forward.
maybe it takes seeing the tulips in disarray after being beaten by the rain that i appreciate how beautiful and vibrant they are when they are cultivated by the rain.
maybe it takes a storm to bring praise.
and if that’s what it takes,
Jesus, bring the rain.