February 15, 2012

There’s Just Something About the Rain


Yesterday, it rained in the desert.

I live in Phoenix, Arizona, where the annual rainfall is less than 10 inches. So when it rains here, it’s a novelty. It’s refreshing.

And it’s strikingly beautiful.

Something about the way God brings water to dry land is just such an amazing metaphor for life.

Like when there are rough, ragged times.

And when we can’t understand why there’s a drought.

And when we don’t think we’ll make it through the drought.

It’s funny. I love the rain, but I don’t think I’d love it so much if I lived somewhere where it rained all the time.

Because here, in the desert, when it happens, it’s special. It’s specific. It’s powerful.

Just like God’s hand in our lives.

Your Turn: Do you love the rain or hate it? Why? And if you love it, what’s your favorite thing to do when it’s raining?

* I’m not sure why, but whenever I see pictures like the one above, of people frolicking in the rain, this verse comes to mind: “For in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28)

18 comments:

  1. I'd love some rain. We've had an unseasonably warm, dry winter in the Sierra Foothills of California. While the days have been glorious and I've been enjoying them, we need rain or we'll have serious water woes and high fire danger this summer.

    I'm glad you got some rain in Arizona, Lindsay.

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    1. I'm praying some rain your way, Keli! I haven't lived close to any fires that break out, but Arizona's north country has had several big ones in the past. Plus it's no fun to go camping when there is a fire hazard and you can't have a campfire due to lack of rain.

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  2. I loooove rain. I love curling up with a good book by a window when it's raining...ooh, and gotta have a hot cup of coffee, too. My favorite rainy days are in the summer when we've had day after day of heat...and the rain is like a fever breaking...love it!

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    1. Yes, yes, me too--minus the coffee. I don't like hot drinks. Must be due to the time I burnt my tongue on hot chocolate as a child. I've been scarred! :P

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  3. Not such a fan of rain. Snow, yes. Rain, no. I don't like getting wet at all. Well, unless I'm walking alongside the ocean and decided to jump in.
    But rain . . . nope. I do, however, have several children who love, love, love rainy days. They did not get that gene from me, obviously.

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    1. See, and I'm not such a fan of the snow...but probably because I wasn't raised anywhere near it and it kind of scares me if I have to drive or something. I remember a few winters ago, we were driving back from Thanksgiving at my grandma's in Oklahoma, and there was snow going through Flagstaff...I hid my head under a blanket and prayed the whole time. Luckily, I wasn't driving. My husband was. So we made it OK. LOL.

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  4. Ooh, that is a very cool picture! And yes, I love the rain—especially summer storms. My kids and I like to sit on the front porch and watch the clouds roll in, and we stay out as long as we possibly can to endure it—usually until some loud crack of lightning chases us into the house for safety.

    Sorry I've not been around. I've had my own drought (as in blogging and writing). I'm waiting for a desert rain to replenish my creative soul. ;-)

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    1. I've missed you, Barb! I think it's OK to have those droughts, because then we appreciate the rain so much more, don't you think? Praying you get some rain in your desert soon!

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    2. Thanks, Lindsay. Btw, I forgot to mention... I love your new picture. :)

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    3. Thanks, Barb! I thought it was time to update since my hair is longer now. :P

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  5. Oooh, I love rain! I live in Florida where it's supposed to rain a lot but lately it hasn't. I love the smell, and feel, and sound of rain. I can do anything while it's raining and I still love it. ;-)

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    1. I didn't know Florida got a lot of rain. I guess I always picture it hot like Arizona...just with a beach for relief! :P

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  6. As an Arizona native, I love the rain! ...but when we lived in North Carolina, it rained everyday during the summer. I was used to getting a deep dark tan during the summer, but with rain everyday, I was pale! I hated it! Especially because we lived just minutes away from the beach.

    But here in the desert, rain is refreshing!

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    1. Ha, I live in Arizona and am STILL pale. But that's just because if I go in the sun for 30 minutes without reapplying sunscreen, well, I burn. *sigh* No fun.

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  7. I like the rain and am Thankful it doesn't happen all the time, otherwise I might not like it so much. Rain is cleansing, healing and healthy.

    My favorite thing to do on rainy days is curl up with a good book and read- that rarely happens, but it's what I like to do.

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    1. I agree, TC! I love that too. I can imagine you don't get much "me" time with such a little one around. :) Especially with fitting in writing your own stuff!

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  8. Oh wow, your picture is moving! LOL. I like rain when the temperature is a perfect 70 degrees. But rain and 40 when I have to schlepp my kids around? Not so much. :) There is something refreshing about the smell of rain on a warm day, though, so I'll agree with you there. :)

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    1. Totally agree! I much prefer a warm rain to a cold one, unless I'm inside. Then I just snuggle under blankets to get warm!

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