Today is August 10th. And today it is raining.
Rain in August is always unwelcome, as it always seems to interrupt the summer sun. But actually, it seems that rain is never really welcome. We never (or very rarely) cheer when the skies open; we never hold parties to celebrate the rain, or plan our holidays at times when we know it will be raining. Even people who like the rain don’t really spend much time in it – it’s something that is better enjoyed indoors through a window than outside.
But rain serves a vital purpose in the terms of the world we live in. Without rain, we would have no water to drink and no food to eat. Without rain, our world would simply dry up. Put simply, rain is a vital part of our lives, and is vital to our existence.
Sometimes, it rains in our lives. We go through times when it seems like our lives are full of rain and darkness. And it can sometimes feel like the rain will never stop.
But as with the rain that waters our land and sustains us, these times of rain in our lives can be vital to how we grow and develop ourselves in God. Whilst rain at the time it falls can feel dark and oppressive, when it finishes and the sun breaks through, we realise that everything is greener, everything is taller and everything stands stronger because of the rain. Whilst the period of rain itself is not always enjoyable, the results are often remarkable.
After all, as the eminent poet Dolly Parton once said, “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you’ve got to put up with the rain.”