The Blessing of Rain

The weather here has been hot and dry. The kids and I have been watching and noticing. The corn has been spiky and the leaves were curling a bit. The grass was crunchy to step on. We don't have a garden yet, but being that we're surrounded by farmland and depending on the grass in our field to feed our animals, we are aware that we need rain.

So we had started praying that the Lord would bless our land with some rain. And it's been teasing us all week. The wind was picking up, clouds were moving in, and we could feel the rain coming in the air. But it hadn't released yet, so we were still praying and looking at the skies.

While we were praying one time, I prayed out "Lord, you send rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." Eowyn asked what that meant. (It's from Matthew 5:45, although I had to look that up.)

I used to think that verse meant that the Lord curses the good people and the bad. That was when I was a child and lived in the town. Back then, rain was a curse. It messed up everything. Now I understand that rain is a blessing. The Lord blesses both the righteous and the unrighteous.

Thank goodness, because I would definitely be on the side of the unrighteous.

Rain nourishes, grows, sustains, keeps, feeds, rinses, washes, soaks, cleanses. It is a blessing that I used to take as a curse. All of my thoughts on this make me think of the verses that say, "seeing they do not see, hearing they do not understand." Is this how it is?

I'm reading Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry and it's absolutely beautiful. Beauty opens your eyes to see, you know? When you know the beauty of green, and you see the beauty fading and cracking, you look for the healing of rain. To bring the beauty back again.

But sometimes, many times in my own life I think, we get confused and think the blessings are curses and we miss the beauty and the life. Goodness, open my eyes to see, Lord.

The Lord sent the rain this weekend, and the earth is turning green around us again. But now I also have to wonder, is a drought also a blessing? Doesn't the Lord work all things together for good? He is good. He made the earth good. And because, of course, the first part of that verse above is that the 'Lord makes the sun to shine on both the evil and the good' as well.

Now I feel the need to praise such a God. One Who blesses even with curses. Which brings to mind Genesis 3:
So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.” Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”

And also Galations 3: 13:
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 

Which makes me think about the fact that the crucifixion was not beautiful. It was horrible, gruesome, and terrifying. Definitely a curse. But then He did something else.

The Lord is good. He sends the sun and He sends the rain.

1 comment

  1. And a rainbow too:-) Beautiful! Glad you got some rain.


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