Rain, don’t go away!

“Parched ground that soaks up the rain and then produces an abundance of carrots and corn for its gardener gets God’s ‘Well done!’” Hebrews 6:7

In spite of the fact we need rain, we often want to wish it away, “Rain, rain, go away; come again some other day.” We want rain when it is convenient, not needed.

In 2005 Glen and I spent the summer at the Boone Ledges State Park in central Iowa as campground hosts. We had come from the desert and knew we’d have rainy days, but we didn’t just have rainy days, we had torrents of rain and floods. In three months we had 27 inches of rain. Our little motor home often was an island surrounded by a sea of mud and puddles.

The Des Moines River went out of its bank and flooded the Ledges park grounds below the campground, making it inhabitable for hiking and picnicking. But it also brought out animals to observe, such as a snapping turtle that almost bit my nose off while I was getting an up-close video. Also, many Iowa cities along the Iowa and Cedar rivers were flooded, and farms suffered serious damage to crops and livestock.

Rain (and all weather) is out of our control. It shows us that God is in control over everything. So, when we say, “Rain, rain, go away; come again another day,” God laughs, because he knows what we need.

Lord, thank you for the refreshing rain we are experiencing today.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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