I have always liked the rain. I like listening to it rain, I like thunderstorms, I like the smell after it rains. I have jumped in puddles after a rain (yes, even as an adult). I like watching a garden and crops grow. I like rain. We need rain to grow…
“The world was better without umbrellas. I don’t know when or where it became a necessity for us to shield ourselves from the rain, to block downward movement. I hear dozens of mother and father figures reminding me that without my umbrella I could catch a cold. I know, I know. But the little boy in me still wants to run free and uncovered, with rain falling down onto my head and with water splashing up from the puddles that I absolutely must jump into.
Rain is different than ponds and rivers and oceans. Rain can fly. And we can too. We can fly. We can fly, but we cannot become the Rain. We can only become one drop sent from the Great Cloud above down to the earth to make things grow. To fill up ponds and rivers and oceans.
Direction is important. Wisdom knows that things must come down in order to bring things up. When they were little, my daughters would approach me with open arms and raised eyebrows silently communicating their desire to be lifted up. To do so, I had to bend down to pick them up. And when speaking with children, the best teachers know that they must get on the children’s level and kneel or sit on the floor with them. This occurs not only for practical purposes, allowing for better understanding with direct eye contact and a shorter distance for the sound of words to travel, but also for the powerful symbol communicated when one who is taller, stronger, and in authority gets down with those who are smaller, weaker, and under the authority. Coming down to the level of a child helps them grow up.
Rain knows this too. Crops cannot grow unless the water comes down to their level, even lower. The faithful farmer prays for rain during dry seasons, knowing that her sustenance and way of life depend upon Heaven opening the floodgates. God hears and sends a downward movement to replenish the land and bring growth. The rain comes down to the level of the crops and goes beneath it to enrich and refresh the land.” (Charles Lattimore Howard, Pond River Ocean Rain/)
I think too many of us use our umbrellas too much. I think we shield ourselves from God because we think we got it ourselves, that we are in control and that we do not need God’s help. However, without the Rain we cannot grow. We simply cannot! God wanted us to experience God’s love, so God sent Jesus down so that we could learn about love and grow, and be refreshed, and our spirit replenished and to save us from ourselves. But then we put up our umbrellas to keep Jesus from entering. When we do that, we experience our own dry seasons. But then the Rain will come, and we will dance in the Rain.
“Dance, then, wherever you may be, I am the Lord of the Dance, said he, And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be, And I’ll lead you all in the dance said he… I am the life That’ll never, never die; I’ll live in you, If you’ll live in me…” (Lord of the Dance) It’s time to put away the umbrellas and let the Rain come.
God bless and God’s got this!