The fall is here. Yippee! I love pulling out sweaters and coats and cozy socks. I love hot baths and warm fires. I love soup. I had tomato soup today for lunch and for dinner too. I like back to school shopping, changing leaves, football season and rain. Actually, I love the rain. I like how it sounds and how it smells. I like how everything shimmers right after it rains. Allergies are better, gravel driveways are less dusty, the whole world looks brighter. I spent a while today with a loved one who shall remain nameless searching the parking lot for a lost car. It was raining. We were all wet. I didn’t mind a bit.
When I was a child I loved jumping in rain puddles. My mother told my daughter this recently. I think it may have been to get back at me for all the shoes I wrecked as a kid jumping in rain puddles. My daughter however is not really a jump in the rain puddle kind of girl. She’s more the “laugh at the mommy who jumped in rain puddles” kind of girl. Now when it rains, she points and says “there is a big puddle mom, don’t you want to jump in it?” I do actually but that takes a certain level of commitment. Is the moment’s joy worth the soggy pants and squishy socks?
I have a new book. It’s called Taste and See by John Piper. It includes 140 meditations which are to help with “Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life”. If you need something to read that gives you a short thought that will remind you to be grateful then get a copy of this book. You can borrow mine in about 136 days. Mark your calendar. Today’s thought was all about rain. Job 5 : 8-10 talks about the amazing and unsearchable wonders of God and includes rain an example of a miracle. I grinned when I read it. Not only does rain provide a great way to irrigate crops but I think God knew that we couldn’t have sunshine every day. Rain provides a way to cool down and rest. It’s a lot like grace.
Todd Agnew’s song Grace Like Rain sums it up nicely.
Hallelujah, grace like rain falls down on me
Hallelujah, all my stains are washed away, washed away