I know I have written about the rain several times. I just cannot get over the connection between the weather and where our lives are now. We found out that something was wrong with Gabriel 11 days ago. It has rained for the past 8 days, and it rained the day after we learned the details of Gabriel’s health. So nine out of the eleven days that we have known about our baby boy’s health and prognosis, the skies have opened and it has poured out. We’ve had 8 inches of rain in 8 days. That’s not just “crazy weather”. I mean it is crazy weather, but I do believe that there is a connection between that crazy weather and the state of our hearts. I can’t remember a time when it’s rained so hard for so long.
People will often times equate trials in life to rain. There are many songs that talk about “bringing the rain”. We’ve been soaking wet. We’ve been drenched when we walk outside, cheeks tear-stained, and hearts heavy with sadness on the inside. But today the rain has stopped. Not this trial in our life, not the hard that is our new life, not the tears we cry, but the rain falling from the sky has stopped today. I see sunshine and the promise that comes with it. There is something about the sun, especially after a very hard rainfall, that brings hope.
I wrote a couple of days ago about how I had quickly lost hope. And then I was so thankful for how quickly the Lord allowed me to see that was happening. It’s funny because today I woke up and my devotional was about where our hope is. One of my favorite bloggers posted about the hope of spring. Yesterday I had great hope that we would see snow. And as I looked up out my window yesterday afternoon, I saw it. The snow that I so eagerly waited for was falling. I had hoped with deep longing to see snow yesterday. It may be a silly thing, compared to what else I hope for now, but it reminded me that God fulfills hope. God shows up. And as I looked up and saw the snow falling, I started to cry. Partly because that’s what I do these days. But mostly because God shows up. And He showed me, He reminded me yesterday, with the gift of snowfall.
Thank You God for snowfall. Thank You for always showing up. Thank You for signs of hope today through reminders from others, through Your creation, and through Your sunshine.