“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…He has made everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 14).”
As Snoopy in Peanuts says when he begins to write, “It was a dark and stormy night.” Last night’s rain in the wee hours was accompanied by a strong wind. It was pleasant to listen to. Rain has a known rhythm which has a calming effect. So it’s a blessing when we want to sleep.
In the Bible, rain is representative of God’s blessing amd care (Deuteronomy 11:14). I think what makes rain so comforting, whether we know it or not, is that it is a sign of God’s presence and care. He is showing us that all is right with the world. Rain comes in the change of seasons, and He is there during the change. In fact, He is its cause.
Jesus brought change to the lives of His disciples. They were going about their daily lives when suddenly Jesus said to them, “Follow me.” Their lives were changed forever. Jesus brought in a new era, and He had a program for doing so. The timing of His actions were no accident. When his mother Mary suggested that the bride and groom at a wedding feast were out of wine, intimating that Jesus do something about it, Jesus told her, “My time has not yet come.” But Jesus listened to his mother and turned water into wine, his first miracle, which was intended to create faith in his new followers (John 2:1-11).
During times of change Jesus is there for us. He is like the rain, which tells us we are not alone during new seasons of life. With the change comes new opportunities.
The summer is over, and its time for a new rhythm. But I am looking forward to the change because I see promise in it. Jesus is orchestrating some coming changes and I see miracles coming.
“Oh, listen to the falling rain
pitter patter, pitter patter
Oh, oh, oh, listen to the falling rain
pitter patter, pitter patter”*
*From Rhythm of the Rain by the Cascades