It has been raining.
It's too wet to weed - which is okay for the short term, but holds nasty implications for the days yet to come.
But since this is today, and it continues to rain in fits and spurts, I thought I would give you a taste of what I am learning in the physical (and spiritual) rain!
1. When it rains and you can't garden, you can catch up on other things. Like cleaning out closets. Baking. Writing encouraging e-mails, catching up with friends, reconnecting with acquaintances. Rekindling a conversation with your Creator about the things that matter to both of you. Spending time basking in a Sonshine of a different nature during the temporary lull in the pace of regular existence.
2. When the sun shines between cloud breaks, run out and enjoy it - even if it only lasts for 10 minutes! Yeah, rain is dark and discouraging. And wet. But it teaches me to enjoy the bursts of sunshine! We can focus with so much intensity on the grey of the clouds we can forget to enjoy the moments of reprieve! We can take sunshine so much for granted that its rays go unnoticed and unappreciated - until they are temporarily disrupted. It can be so discouraging to be recovering, wounded, depressed, grieving - and it is so easy to miss the little joy moments that sparkle through the cloud cover. Grab the good bits when you can. It will give you the heart to crawl back under the downpour when it returns.
3. Rain leaves the garden world sparkling - free of dust and debris and anything that can mar or hinder its beauty. I haven't really noticed before how beautiful flowers are in the moment right after the rain stops. I have taken to carrying my camera with me and popping out as soon as the rain lets up, because I know that I will be in for a treat! Metaphorical rain also washes us. Tears release and rinse toxins from our systems. Troubles tend to scrub away our selfishness, our less desirable habits, our tendency to try to live our own agendas outside of God's plans for us. And when the 'rain' stops - watch out for something beautiful to be left in its wake!
4. Rain feeds a thirsty world's appetite for a drink. There is no denying the need for liquid refreshment in our parched world. Rain is a necessity for our survival and the garden's optimum health. And the trials and troubles that mark our path tend to draw us to true sources of true refreshment for our souls, stripping away the things that don't matter and forcing us to recreate and redefine our life's priorities. This can be a time of the most honest and real quenching of a spiritual thirst that we will ever experience - nothing to turn your nose up at!
5. The rain won't last forever... It may feel like it. Trust me - it may feel as though sunshine is a distant memory and you will never see it again this side of the grave. But that is a lie. Our senses get overwhelmed by what we see right now and forget that all things are temporary! No matter how many times it rains today this week, this month, it is a mathematical impossibility for it to remain in that state forever!
"Who sends rain to satisfy the parched ground and make the tender grass spring up?" Job 38:27
The Master Gardener sends us rain to water and wash our world, to cause food to grow to sustain our bodies. It is a necessity. He also allows the rain which waters and washes our souls, to cause us to grow into the magnificent creations He designed us to become.
Don't fight the rain.
Learn from it...