“Mommy, I’m so mad God made rain today.”
“Rain makes me sad and I don’t like it.”
“Without a little rain, nothing can grow bright and beautiful.”
This was my conversation the other day with Little Miss. We were running a few errands on a particularly wet and gloomy day. As many things do with preschoolers, this conversation prompted an entire discussion about rain–why it rains, how it rains, when it rains, and on and on. More importantly, we moved on to why God makes it rain.
The more I explained to her about all the benefits of rain for nature, the benefits of rain in our lives became abundantly clear. Without rain, we would never get the lush green grasses or the vibrant hues of flowers. Just like without a few tears, we wouldn’t see all the miracles that God has in store for us. The most amazing part is that most the time, we have no idea what God has in store. We don’t know about the brilliant blues or the perfect pinks waiting for us on the other side of the storm. It’s like a giant surprise gift waiting for us when the storm passes! That idea, that gift, is what we need to cling to when the storms roll in. The surprise ending once the clouds have cleared make weathering the storm all the more bearable.
Just like Little Miss, we get angry at God when we see clouds on the horizon. We often blame Him, question Him, or walk away from Him. It is difficult to see the rain as a gift because it hurts or makes us angry because things aren’t going the way we’d like. If we put our faith in Him, we will see that after the rain, He makes all things bright and beautiful again.