Thunder rumbled in the distance. The sky lit up as if a giant light switch turned on and off. Fat rain drops hit the roof, gently at first but, then a deluge.
Rain. It finally rained. We were without rain for weeks so the relief was genuine.
I drove home that rainy evening with a lightened spirit. Is this what Elijah felt like when he saw that rain cloud in the distance? The streets were like rivers, water cascading towards the lake. The ducks living on one of the lakes seemed joyous as they took their little duck party to the puddle-filled street.
The lights downtown reflected on my rain-spattered windshield creating an impressionistic scene. Windshield wipers kept a beat to the uplifting Christian music playing on the radio.
It was the first day of June and my part of the world was in the midst of a drought. It would go on to rain every day the rest of the month. Every. Single. Day. The drought ended before the month did and the local meteorologist reported more rainfall in one month than the previous five months combined.
The accumulation of rain healed the water-starved land.
There are other droughts that need healing like the healing rain we experienced.
Have you experienced a dry spell with a loved one, maybe a spouse? Welcome the healing rain of renewed commitment to one another. Open the floodgates of communication.
Are you lonely? Is there a dry spell in your friendships? Make an effort to pour into them what they need to thrive and grow. Surprise someone with a hand written letter or card. Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while. Meet someone for coffee. Do something unexpectedly kind for a friend.
As an empty nest mom, I experience dry spells with my grown children. They both live out of state and I miss them so much. It surprises me when I go days or even weeks without talking to them. The funny thing is, when one of them calls, it is not usually too long before the other one does. When it rains, it pours. Surely, there must be an invisible bond between moms and their offspring.
Finally, how is your spiritual life? Are you in a dry spell with God? He promises that if we will seek Him, we will find Him. Dust off your Bible and dig into it. Slow down. Don’t start your day until you have talked to God. (I’m talking to myself here.) Allow the Holy Spirit to wash over you like a healing rain.