Right now I am on Day 11 of a 15 day tour to beautiful British Columbia. Everyone has been amazed at all the flowers and gardens and gorgeous hanging baskets that we have seen while in this province. But you know what? There is also a lot of rain.
Rain. Messy, inconvenient, dark and dreary days of rain. The result is gorgeous, but the process… not so much. We have been fortunate to experience the rain either while we are on the tour bus, or in the evenings after we are tucked safely away in our hotel. When it comes to seeing the sites, however, we have had great weather. Clear and sunny! The timing has been amazing. It is a good reminder, though, that we don't get all that beauty without some dark skies.
This principle applies naturally to our lives. Those rainy day seasons aren't easy to walk through sometimes. Mud and muck, dark and dreary forecasts or lifechanges (major or minor) can be inconvenient and even depressing. The key is to remember that it is not the end – it is part of the process. Even more encouraging is that so often the end result is not flooded gardens but beautiful blooms.
I am traveling with twenty-five people ages sixty-five to eighty-two. They really are beautiful! Their stories are varied but one thing is clear… they have flourished. They have survived the rains (illnesses, death of spouses and even children) as well as stories they have yet to tell. The amazing thing is that they are not bitter. They are thankful for the lives that they now enjoy and share with friends and loved ones. They have become flexible as they walk through the circumstances of their lives. They continue to smile and learn and say "yes" to life! They have grown and blossomed and the fruit is evident.
It has been said that "Into every life some rain must fall." When it does, let's grab our umbrellas and be willing to jump in the puddles!
Growing with you,