Today, I am most grateful for RAIN.
There are two things that I always disliked as child, things that still come into play today. One of them was the sun going down. It signaled that it was not only time to come inside from playing but that also that the day was over (duh, I know) It meant that whatever I was experiencing at the moment was about to end and simply become a memory. Being the control freak that I was, I hated that this was something that I could not stop from happening. Along those same lines was the second thing I disliked and still did into my adulthood - rain. Impending or present rain meant a number of things: no outdoor activities, cancelled plans, or worse my hair was going to get wet (haha). I don’t like driving in the rain, I don’t like being wet, or having to do my hair over. Rain has just always been SUCH a huge inconvenience.
Fast forward to July 2016, when I arrive on the island, not realizing that it is one of the hottest months of the year here. I knew that it was going to be hot, but I had NO. IDEA. Being from Houston, Texas, I know all about heat and humidity, but I didn’t realize just how hot it would actually be. I quickly realized that while Houston is in fact hot, we still live, work, drive, etc. in air conditioning the majority of the time. Here in the DR, not so much.
So, we are currently in the “rainy season” here and surprisingly, I love it! It rains a few times a day for short periods. Afterwards, the air is “fresh” (as many Dominicans say), there is a nice breeze that I appreciate SO much! I never thanked God so much just for the breeze. I think when I consider His creation, I generally think of the earth, sun, moon and stars, but now I see so much more. He created the rain, cool air, heat, wind, thunder, lightning, clouds, etc. and He controls them all just as he pleases. Being more aware of this now, I’m glad to have the current weather remind me daily of Him not only as our creator, but in light of the current state of the world or my personal circumstances, I’m also reminded that He is the controller of all things. As the song says: He’s got the whole world in his hands.
Today, I am most grateful for rain, because it brings such sweet relief and comfort as it reminds me of just how BIG God is.
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars you set in place, what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?
Psalm 8:3-4 (NLT)
You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.
Revelation 4:11 (NLT)
Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks.
1 Timothy 4:4 (NLT)