When you say its raining, there's a few different ways it could be raining. It could be pouring outside...like "there's no point in an umbrella, you're just gonna get soaked" rain. There's a steady rain, drivable, but enough to make some puddles. Then there's that annoying rain that makes your windshield wet, but makes your wipers squeak when you turn them on. The kind of rain us curly headed girls can't stand because it is for sure gonna make some frizz! Rain can come with thunder and lightening, and can make the sky scary dark. Or it can come in and out of sunshine and rainbows. Some times we don't get enough rain and other days it feels like it just needs to stop raining! A good rain can bring such relief of a hot summer day but can cause destruction in excess.
Today its been raining for what seems like hours and hours. That steady rain that just doesn't quit. The rain this evening just reminded me of tears and grief. Grief, like rain, comes in so many forms. There are moments when the flood gates open and no matter what kind of umbrella you try to put up, you are gonna get wet (and in my case I usually get tears on others). There's days the clouds just hang around all day, and all it takes is one thought, one smell, one song and it starts to pour again. There are beautiful days, that sometimes have a little rain cloud that passes through, it doesn't ruin the day, but it changes it. Some days its just nagging, you can't shake it, its not horrible, its just there, that feeling that the sun isn't gonna shine today, and maybe not tomorrow. But that's why God made raincoats. We can't change the weather, I can't make the rain slow down or hurry up. I can't push the clouds away and I can't make rainbows appear in the sky. There's always gonna be hurt and grief, that will never change. And just like we need rain, we need the tears. Sometimes I think people want the tears to go away, others want us to be okay. They want us to not hurt, or they can't understand when something so small as a birthday party throws our world right back into a rain shower.
I know grief hurts. Trust me, on a day like today, I wish it would stop raining, and just give me a break, give my heart a break. But I know the promise of a rainbow.
And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” Gen 9:12-16
God doesn't send the rain to destroy us. In fact after the the rain and the storms, He sends us a reminder that he won't destroy us, He's promised that. So why the rain? Why the heart ache? Why the tears?
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
God has a plan, just bring your raincoat, and maybe some tissues.
Prayers, Praise and Pink