Rain is necessary for Spring to truly arrive in all of its finery. Its colorful array. Its cloak of green. Its sunshiny beauty.
But rain is dreary and it keeps us from doing the things we want to do. Ride bikes. Draw with chalk. Climb trees. Go on hikes.
How do we learn to be content in all situations?
It’s a question we all need to ask ourselves. We love it when the sun is shining, when all is right in the world. But we need the rain. We actually need the difficulty to remind us to appreciate the good things of life. Because guess what happens when the sun is always shining? We will find a reason to complain.
We are a constantly dissatisfied people. Ask any parent!
My youngest still needs to learn to ride her bike, so it is on her agenda for today. When it was raining this morning, I found myself a bit disappointed even though I love the rain and knew that it was in the forecast. Then I read in Joel 2 this morning and the words were a reminder to simply be grateful!
Be glad, people of Zion,
rejoice in the Lord your God,
for he has given you the autumn rains
because he is faithful.
He sends you abundant showers,
both autumn and spring rains, as before. (verses 23,24, NIV)
Because he is faithful.
What a beautiful reminder for my heart today! What if this was always my first thought?
Slept through the night. Because he is faithful.
Had food to eat for breakfast. Because he is faithful.
Received hugs from my family. Because he is faithful.
Even though it’s raining. He is faithful.
Even though my kids argue. He is faithful.
Even when I am ignored. He is faithful.
Even when I feel like a failure. He is faithful.
He sends the rain because he is faithful. There is hope in knowing that winter WILL end. Every year. Spring WILL come. Every year. Because he is faithful.
So be glad and rejoice when the spring rains come. Because he is faithful!