Have you ever heard the children’s rhyme:
“Rain, Rain, Go Away. Little Tommy wants to play!”?
It was a fun one to sing, but I’ve always found myself mesmerized by raindrops. I loved watching their travels down a car window, and wondering which one would reach the bottom first as if they were racing against each other. I find something cozy and comforting in rain.
One of my favorite memories of a trip to England was turning This-Way-and-That-Way-and-This-Way-Again in the Hampton Court maze in the rain. (Of course, it was even better for I was nibbling on a slice of dreamy chocolate cake which we had purchased at a little tea shop across the way.)
Today, I looked at the week’s weather forecast for our city. It appears that we’re in for three straight days of rain. The actual forecast read:
Rain in the morning and continuing into the afternoon and starting again in the evening.
That seems pretty wet.
And, while I get my perfect rainy day Creamy Earl Grey tea out and think over a couple of movies I’d like to watch on Netflix, my thoughts also turn to rain in the Bible.
There’s Noah, of course, with A LOT of rain. (The details of Noah’s 150-day Animal Adventure Cruise can be found in Genesis 6-8.)
There’s Elijah first prayer for no rain (and God answered that prayer with no rain) and then his prayer for rain (and God answered that prayer with rain). Curious as to why? Check out 1 Kings 17-19.
It is a sign of blessing. (Leviticus 26:4 – “I will give you rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall bear their fruit.”
It is a sign of God’s faithfulness. (Joel 2:22-23 – “Fear not, you beasts of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit; the fig tree and vine give their full yield. “Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God, for He has given the early rain for your vindication; He has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the latter rain, as before.”)
It is a sign of mercy. (Matthew 5:45 – “…For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”)
For a gardener like myself, rain is also a promise, if not a sign, of suppleness. Weeds pull so easily from soaked soil. Wilted branches stretch back out to their full height without breaking. Leaves on our deck–once brittle curls of yellow and brown–now lie flat and supple, glistening gold and amber on my deck.
And let blessing and mercy wash over me.
While I was in college, I had a mentor who said that when taking his morning shower, he often thought of the water pouring down over him as washing away his sins, his cares, his worries, and then filling him up to overflowing with God’s Spirit.
And let blessing and mercy wash over me, indoors as well.
I’d like to share with you the lyrics to the song “Wash Over Me” by Jamie Smith, a contemporary worship singer/songwriter:
Wash over me wash over me
Wash over me wash over me
Rain down Your favor on us
Lavish Your love upon us
Pour out Your presence on us
Let me taste Your mercy in the rain
Only You can take this heart
Only You can take this mind
Only You can take this life
And make it look like Jesus
Isn’t that last refrain a sober thought? Let’s feel the rain wash over us. Let’s become soaked and supple. May our faithful and merciful God bless us and work in us so we may more and more reflect Jesus to a thirsty world.
This will be my last post for a while. I’ve enjoyed walking with you, both of us beside Christ, our Savior. I hope and pray you’ve grown closer to Him or been intrigued to open the Bible. And it’s with the Bible that we both will continue to be–and with that in hand and written on our hearts, we are with Christ.
And lastly, consider Deuteronomy 32:1-3:
“Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak,
and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
May my teaching drop as the rain,
my speech distill as the dew,
like gentle rain upon the tender grass,
and like showers upon the herb.
For I will proclaim the name of the Lord;
ascribe greatness to our God!
Grace and peace in Christ Jesus, our Savior, dear friend!