It's been raining a lot lately where I live. Though we need the moisture, I'm getting a bit sick of it. The old addage "April Showers Bring May Flowers" encourages us to look forward to the beauty that the inconvenience of rain may bring. What I have noticed, though, is that almost immediately after each rain, our grass looks greener. It's a green that only rain water can accomplish. Of course, that got me to thinking.
I've had my share of rainstorms lately. Some have been the soft but steady Spring rainshowers. Others have arrived complete with thunder and lightning. Thankfully, my foundation is firm so no damage has been done. That is not to say, however, that the inconvenience and mess of life's circumstances, don't still take their toll. My best friend has been gone for a couple weeks. I saw her a couple days ago and she wondered what had happened to the spark in my eyes. It may very well be the extra inch of water that eventually brings things to flood stage with no relief in sight. I'd like to be one who tries to learn from life's lessons but often those lessons come days, weeks or even months down the road. If, in nature, there are immediate benefits to the rain, then can there be immediate results seen in my life too? Or, are they there and I miss them by getting preoccupied with the mud?
So, I decided to ignore the cloudy skies and messy mud and go looking for green grass. I watch as others walk through life's challenges too and I can think of two immediate benefits to the 'rain'. The first is that many of us pray quicker and more often when we are faced with things that are beyond our control. The second is that it seems as if we have a greater appreciation for close family and friends. There are more things communicated, more love expressed, more favors done and more wrongs forgiven.
We've heard it said that "the grass is always greener on the other side." We also know they probably have a higher water bill! Though there is humor in that, there is probably some truth as well. We do pay a price to faithfully walk through life's challenges. We are patient, when we'd rather scream. We persevere, when we are tempted to give up. We believe, even when we don't see. The price: a bit (or a CHUNK) of extra faith or a dose of extra love at the very least. So, now when I see people who seem to have their life in order (green lawns, neatly manicured and cared for), I understand that many times they have probably paid the price with hard work and wise decisions, while enduring the rain and the fertilizer!
'Into every life a little rain must fall'. So, I will take my share and keep watching for brighter days, knowing that even before it clears up, I may still see a rainbow!
Happy May Day!