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I Love the Rain

Posted by Rick Bates on

“I love the rain. It washes memories from the sidewalks of life!”

This is perhaps my favorite movie quote. It is from an old Woody Allen movie when he is trying to impress a date as they speed together down a New York street in the light rain. Neither his date nor I really got the actual meaning, but I, unlike his mystified date, have never forgotten the line and repeat it to my wife often when we walk through the rain together. Because …

I really like the rain.

I like adventuring out in light rainfall without an umbrella to feel the sprinkles on my face.

I like holding an umbrella as I walk on sidewalks dodging people and periodic downfalls from ledges.

I like sitting in my office or near any window view to watch the changing cadence of wind, clouds and rain.

I like being safe at home, listening to the pitter-patter of hard rain on the air-conditioner.

I like fantasizing trouncing into large street puddles or being soaked by downfalls as invited by Gene Kelly’s scene in the movie “Singing in the Rain.”

But, the primary reason I like the rain is that it reminds me of God’s presence and provision.

Psalm 68:7-9 states: When you, God, went out before your people … the earth shook, the heavens poured down rain, before God … you gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance.

I love this image of God going before us and shaking the earth with downpours from heaven to remind us of His active presence in this world and with His people.

I love this image of abundant, flowing, freely-given showers to provide nutrients and growth.

I really, really love the image of God refreshing those who belong to Him when they are weary.

I love the rain. It washes away my preoccupation with the past and problems, and refreshes my often weary journey.

Find ways this week to remind yourself of God’s presence and provision.

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