While we often associate rain with sorrow, I find it just as useful to think of rain as refreshment.
For two weeks, here in Kansas, we've had a dry spell. Being the lazy gardener that I am, my preference is to wait for rain before I start digging. Not only is it easier, I get a lot more done in record speed!
Rain can also be associated with the Spirit.
Age has shown me that many of the things I've longed and prayed for will never be. Yet many more have come to pass while I was waiting for the rain.
What's important, as a gardener AND as a mover and shaker, is to work with the unpredictable rain. To be ready and not to fill my life with "busy work" that may make it difficult or impossible for me to act when the Spirit moves me to do something that will change the landscape of my own life or the landscape of others, whose lives I'm privileged to touch. Even as they change and inspire me.
Survivors often ask "when are things going to change?" They sometimes are referring to the downward spiral that seems to have come into their lives. Other times, they refer to systems with hard hearts.
I don't have the specific answers they are looking for. Yet I know that many good things happen for those who have the patience to wait for the rain.
Hang in there. Storms may seem endless, but they eventually bring rain.