Embracing the Rain
I’ve lived in Washington nearly my whole life, but I’ve also traveled to a lot of other states, and I am convinced that Washington is by far one of the most beautiful states to live in. There is so much natural beauty here and so much to do that allows us to get out and enjoy that beauty, from hiking up in the Olympic or Cascade Mountains, boating through the San Juan’s, visiting Skagit Valley in the Spring as thousands upon thousands of blooming tulips grace the landscape, etc., etc.
However, with all that beauty, we also get a lot of rain! I have to admit I’ve done my share of complaining about the rain, especially on those days when I have my heart set on golfing but then get rained out! Talk about a downer!
As much as we may not like the rain and may complain about it, the rain is actually one of the main reasons why Washington, the Evergreen State, is so beautiful. It may mess up our recreational plans sometimes, but we can certainly appreciate the after-effects when we look around and see the natural beauty of a well-watered landscape. Rain can be a little depressing at times, but rain makes things grow!
The same thing is true when it comes to our lives personally. We all go through seasons when it just seems like one bad thing after the other happens and we think, “When it rains, it pours!” Nobody likes going through adversity, but it’s actually these seasons that can cause us to grow the most.
We need to learn to trust God, embrace the rain, and let it have its full effect in us. In fact, the Bible says in James 1:2-4, “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”
You see, God will often allow a little rain to come our way because He’s more interested in us growing in faith and developing as people than He is in us living in comfort all the time. I know we don’t like hearing that, but it’s reality. In fact, Jesus said in John 16:33, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
This world is full of things that can get us discouraged and depressed if we allow it, but Jesus wants us to lift up our eyes to Him and trust Him, knowing that He loves us and has the power to carry us through whatever dark and rainy season we may go through.
So, instead of complaining during the rainy seasons of our lives, let’s learn to trust God and embrace the rain, remembering that it may be rainy today, but God is always faithful. He will let a little sun shine on us as well, and here in Washington we can really appreciate that!