Rain is something we need, but don’t really want. It started when we were kids singing, “Rain, Rain, go away, come again another day.” Rain disrupts the times of sunshine and happiness. When it’s rainy outside, we say it’s gloomy. We are depressed by gray clouds. It changes our path, our timing and our plans. It messes things up for us so we resist it. We forget that rain is a necessary part of life.

The flowers in my yard were on the brink of death for lack of water. One day last week we had a torrential downpour that beat on the heads of what was still standing. When the rain stopped everything was lying flat and looked really bad. After a few hours the excess water drained and the plants perked up and turned their heads upward. The next morning, they were standing straight and strong. By the next day these “dead” plants even began to sprout new flowers.

What a transformation! After pounding them on the head, the rain dripped from their leaves, soaked into the soil, and came up through their stalks, giving them the strength to stand straight. Experiencing a drought they knew the blessing of rain. It nourishes the earth for the benefit of both the just and the unjust.

When the storms of life hit so hard that we nearly break from the force, the “rain” is not an enemy. Remember that God uses the water that batters us on the outside to build us up on the inside, so we may stand straight and strong.

"He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." (Matthew 5:45)

What’s a little rain?