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An April shower is inconvenient if I have outside plans, but I don't think about that too much; instead, I watch rain from the windows and picture what my thirsty flowers will look like after big drops of water beat down on their leaves. After an April shower, I walk around my yard like a detective, searching for new life and blooms. I actually do this until fall. If I visit a garden center early enough, I watch them water flowers, and I inspect the hanging baskets and flats of annuals like a mad scientist.
Eddie Rabbitt's I Love a Rainy Night sums up my feelings about rain.
All my cares away
I wake up to a sunny day
'Cause I love a rainy night
In the daytime, I watch the rain. At night, I listen to it beating on the house and quickly move my ferns to the water. The rain isn't comfortable, but if I want fuller, healthier ferns, I handle the inconvenience. The rain relaxes me while I stand at the edge of the carport for my dog's last outside trip, so I sleep soundly hoping for sunny days and May flowers.
Planning this post, I found two perfect verses for an April Showers Bring May Flowers theme. Deuteronomy 32:2 Let my teaching drop as the rain. and II Samuel 23:4 Like the tender grass springing out of the earth, By clear shining after rain. However, I came back to another verse several times, especially after Sunday's message.
for 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 NKJ
Jesus teaches us that God shows no partiality. We are equal, for the sun rises and rain falls on us all. Rain is also, and often, used as a symbol for life's difficulties. No one is exempt. But, we're taught to expect rewards for our goodness. Take care of our bodies? Good report from the doctor. Show the boss we're dedicated? Promotion or more money. So, rain seems unfair when we've done everything right.
Right words for rainy days are difficult. To promise days of sunshine and May flowers seems as unfair as the heavy rains we WILL experience, so I'll end with another verse and words from my Grandmother King who was no stranger to rainy, unhealthy days.
And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain. Isaiah 4:6 NKJ
Where there is life, there is hope,