I woke up to the sound of rain.
It rained at breakfast.
It rained at lunch.
It rained at dinner.
It was still raining at bedtime.
It rained the entire day yesterday.
And I enjoyed it. The rest was wonderful. Cozying up in a blanket. Baking a couple loaves of banana bread for my family. Catching up with a friend. Organizing another cupboard.
Rain is a matter of perspective, isn’t it? It can be a downer to some, especially for those who had outdoor plans yesterday. It was sure a downer for our farm cats having to find shelter. It would have been a downer for a bride getting married yesterday.
Rain can also be a beautiful thing. Ducks love rain. I was happy our car received a much-needed bath from it. It’s beautiful to those, like farmers, who know how much the ground needed the moisture. And I imagine it gave a day off to some who work outdoors.
I’d take a sunshiny day over a rainy day, anytime. Saturday was a beautiful, eighty degree day. I enjoyed soaking up some sun.
Even though rainy days aren’t my favorite, I however, love what rain does. It washes everything clean. It seems to make the earth “come alive.” It waters my outside plants and flowers, helping them grow.
And it turns the grass green, as it did yesterday. I’m not joking when I say our lawn became green in a matter of hours!
As with our lives, we experience rainy, down-pouring, cloud-above-Eeyore, type of days. Days where nothing seems to go right. When getting out of bed was a mistake. You received terrible news. You find midday you wore two different pair of earrings. Days we want to cry, scream, or bite someone’s head off.
But we also experience those wonderful days of sunshiny bliss. Where we are on top of the world. Everything goes as planned. Our kids use their manners. The car starts on the first try. Our proposal was accepted. We received amazing news. Your spouse encouraged you and blessed you.
–As with flowers and grass, we need both days of rain and days of sunshine to grow to our full potential.–
If our days were filled with just sunshine, we, like flowers and grass, would be weakened from too much heat.
If our days were filled with just rain, we, like flowers and grass, would be weakened from too much moisture.
There needs to be a balance for growth.
So rejoice, my friend. Rejoice in the good days. Rejoice in the not-so-good days. God is using both kinds of days to grow us into the people He desires us to be.
Rejoice, also in the fact that two days ago the grass here was brown. Today it’s a beautiful green. All because of a combination of sunshine and rain.
Blessings to you on this green grass day!
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