Recently it rained for nine days straight in Alabama and it seemed we were going to float away. Being from the Pacific Northwest, I grew up with continuous rain and know that it will end eventually. Nothing of my childhood in the rain prepared me for nine days of rain with an eight-year-old on Christmas break. We were both going stir-crazy and on each other’s nerves.
While we were driving during this ever-present rain, I was reminded of a game I used to play with my brother when we were younger. We would each select fat raindrops towards the top of the window and then we would watch as the drops “raced” each other towards the bottom.
In retrospect, it was a good game to keep us quiet and occupied while my parents drove. It also afforded an opportunity to pause and enjoy the glory of nature. We loved the joy of inspecting raindrops, which lead to both of us to be mindful and present in nature.
God gives us the gift of nature to know He loves us completely and we can benefit from what nature provides. In Acts 14:17 (NIV), we see an exact example of his kindness through the provision of rain. In this instance, the gift of rain is specific to the needs of the crops in order to provide food for each of us.
This look at nature should fill us with joy simply because it is tangible proof of God’s love for us.
He will testify about His love. He has a testimony. Through the rain, we see that testimony of love for humans being a top priority.
During times when we feel stir-crazy, joy can be found.
That joy may be in something as simple as a raindrop race.
Reflect on how God’s love, through a glimpse at nature, and tell us about the joy God provides.
“Yet He has not left Himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons: He provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” ~Acts 14:17