It is August 4 and we already have had over 1” of rain – more than ½ of our normal rainfall for the month.  I like hearing the rain in the early morning – the rain hitting the porch roof outside my bedroom window makes a soothing sound.  Of course, that sound is quickly overshadowed by the sound that quickly follows on a rainy morning – “I’m bored” or “It’s wet outside”, etc.  I do admit that rain can curtail our outside plans somewhat.  (I know, I know - real Alaskans don’t let a little rain get in the way of summer!)  However, I am thankful for the green growth and lack of wildfires that the rain provides. 

More to the point, I think of what Jesus said – that God sends rain on the just and unjust (Matt. 5:45).  Two things stand out here.  One is the fact that God sends the rain – it is not an accident.  We may not know all the reasons that went into the weather plans for the day, but God does and makes the best possible decision for the weather.

The second is one the Cheryl Beeson shared with me a while ago – that the rain is a blessing, especially to an agrarian society like 1st century Israel.  James concurs with the reminder that every good and perfect gift is from above.  Do we see the rain as His perfect gift?  Many rainy seasons in my life have been a key to my future growth.  Don’t despise the rain – embrace it as His gift for the moment.