Late last night, a big thunderstorm rolled into town. When I woke up this morning it was still raining and I said to myself: it is a good thing.
Over my walk with Christ, I have learned to appreciate small and simple things, and rain is one of them.
Unlike farmers who long for the rain most of the year, people living in urban settings are quickly annoyed when rain disrupts their daily routine. The discomfort of wet clothes and shoes, driving in the rain, and having to adjust or cancel plans because of stormy conditions make some of us wish it never actually rained.
But, we do need rain… Much rain. For rain fills up rivers and lakes, fertilizes the ground so it can produce a harvest, and gives us water to drink.
Without rain, fields will fail to yield their crops, drought will set in, and drinking water reservoirs will shrink. Scarcity of food and water will lead to famine and starvation which will directly threaten human and wild life.
So, next time you see raindrops, think about this and give thanks to God who generously refreshes the earth.