Dancing in the rain

So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul—  then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil.  I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.
Deuteronomy 11: 13-15

I was born and raised in a country that has rain all year round. We used to pray to God for it not to rain on days spent outside or during our vacation. I moved to Israel as an adult and it took me a bit of time to get used to the long dry summer. Israel is a dessert country and during the summer months it doesn’t rain at all. Months on end when it is dry. Rain is a blessing in Israel and when the first rains come in the fall, it is a cause for celebration. It took me some time to come to see the rains as a blessing.

A few years ago, we visited the Netherlands during our summer vacation. Our girls were five & three years old at the time. We stayed in a little wooden house at a small farm that rented out several of those to tourists. Now in the Netherlands it will rain all year, even in summer. On one of the evenings the sky turned dark and big heavy drops of rain started falling down. Our girls were already in bed but the noise of the rain on the roof woke them up. They ran out of their room and were ecstatic that there was rain, in the middle of summer. They asked us if they could go out. The girls were already in their night gowns, they just put on their shoes and rushed outside. The girls danced in the rain. It wasn’t too cold as it was summer and pretty soon the girls were soaked.

The people staying in the other houses were locals. Those two little girls dancing in the rain were a strange sight to them. But those little Israeli girls were seeing rain for what it really is, a blessing. And it helped me to see it too.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12: 2

My old pattern of thinking was to see rain as something negative. The Lord used my daughters and their joy in the rain to renew my mind. I learned to see rain for what it really is, a blessing from the Lord. And now, whenever it rains, we celebrate with hot cocoa.

“Father God, thank you for renewing our minds. Transform us to be more like You. Help us to see things from Your point of view. Thank you for your abundant blessings and Your provision for our lives. In Jesus name”

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