Dreary Rain

A dreary day?

I woke up this morning to the sound of rain hitting my bedroom window. I get up and decide to go to the grocery store for some milk and eggs. I step outside, and the sky is so dark and dreary. The cold rain hits my skin and sends shivers down my spine. I think to myself, “It is such a dreary day today!” 

Upon arriving at the grocery store, actually a Walmart Supercenter, I greeted the Walmart greeter standing at the door by saying, “Lovely day that we are having!” She replied, “Yeah right!”, and she made a frown on her face as if to say I were crazy to call this dreary, rainy day a lovely day. 

I had already passed her when she said this, but I turned around swiftly with a thought that hit me suddenly. I said to her, “We are alive! And, I had been putting off watering the garden these past few days, and now I don’t have to water the garden. So, actually, it is a lovely day today.” She smiled and agreed that the ground had started to crack and really needed the rain. I already knew that she has a garden, too.

So, is rain bad?

After completing my purchase, I walked to my car in the rain thinking, “I wonder what God meant when He said that He sends rain to fall on the just and the unjust.” That verse is found in the Holy Bible in Matthew 5:45. Here is what the King James Version says, “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Did God mean that the rain is a bad thing that He sends to fall on the just and the unjust, or did He mean that the rain is a good thing that He sends to fall on the just and the unjust? All of my life I have always viewed it as a bad thing. Why?

All of my life I had viewed rain as a bad thing because society, at least in the Western world, generally considers rain a bad thing. It is cold. It is wet. It can make you feel uncomfortable. The dark sky can be depressing.

A lot of these reasons for not liking rain are valid. If you get too cold and wet without drying off and maintaining your body’s necessary temperature, you can get sick or even die from hypothermia. The dark skies can be depressing, not just because they look depressing, but because we need sunlight. The lack of sunlight can cause depression according to the Mayo Clinic. 

But, we are not talking about endless days of rain. We are talking about a few days of rain, at most, on occasion. We have not had rain in over a week, and I immediately thought it was a dreary day when I saw the rain! This is programmed into our way of thinking. 

We need rain!

We actually need the rain. I believe that God was saying that rain is a good thing. In that same verse, Matthew 5:45, God says that he makes the sun shine on the evil and the good. While most of us automatically associate a sunny day with happiness and good, too much sun can also be a bad thing, just as too much rain can be a bad thing. Too much sun can cause problems ranging from heat stroke to cancer, not to mention the killing of crops, where the majority of our food comes from. We need rain as much as we need the sunshine. Both can be good in moderate amounts, and both can be bad in excess amounts.

We need rain to replenish the fresh water we use for drinking and for crops.

What would happen if it never rained? If it never rains anywhere, the rivers and streams would dry up. We would have no fresh water to drink, and no fresh water for crops. Food crops would die. Animals used as a food source would die. We would die, because we have to have fresh water to survive. And even though the oceans are full of it, we currently cannot drink salt water. Have you ever poured salt on grass? It kills plants that need fresh water. We need the rain!

So, the next time you look out your window and see the dark clouds and rain droplets hitting your window, be happy that that the rain is helping you live your life. Here comes the rain again! It’s a lovely day!

We actually need the rain. I believe that God was saying that rain is a good thing. In that same verse, Matthew 5:45, God says that he makes the sun shine on the evil and the good. While most of us automatically associate a sunny day with happiness and good, too much sun can also be a bad thing, just as too much rain can be a bad thing. Too much sun can cause problems ranging from heat stroke to cancer, not to mention the killing of crops, where the majority of our food comes from. We need rain as much as we need the sunshine. Both can be good in moderate amounts, and both can be bad in excess amounts.

What would happen if it never rained? If it never rains anywhere, the rivers and streams would dry up. Food crops would die. Animals used as a food source would die. We would die, because we have to have water to survive. And even though the oceans are full of it, we currently cannot drink salt water. We need the rain!

So, the next time you look out your window and see the dark clouds and droplets hitting your window, be happy that that the rain is helping you live your life. Here comes the rain again! It’s a lovely day!

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