Let It Rain!

Deuteronomy 28:12 “The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season…”

It’s been raining ALL day. A little boy stands at the sliding glass door with his bottom lip poked out and says in a distraught tone, “It’s been raining ALL day!” His playtime outside is ruined. At the same time, a tearful bride gazes out across the beautifully decorated lawn covered with tables and wedding decorations. The rain has soaked everything, even the beautifully made altar at which she and her groom were to exchange their vows. Now her once-perfect wedding must take place indoors. “My day is ruined. It’s been raining ALL day!,” she says.

I suppose, at times, we allow the circumstances of life to dictate to us what is good or what is bad. However, what may be a bother to one person may be a blessing to another. Here in Haiti, we are responding with joy and awesome wonder, “It’s been raining ALL day!” Prit and I returned to Cap-Haitian noting the dry, thirsty ground and the withered plants in our yard. “It hasn’t rained for a year now,” Marie, one of our Haitian workers said, exaggerating. She continued, “The plantain trees in the yard are all dried up and the citron bush (lime) doesn’t yield any more.” We used to help ourselves to the plantains, happy that we didn’t have to buy them in the marché (outdoor market). Now, for a while anyway, we’ve had to send someone to the market to buy them.

“But you brought the rain, you and Pastor Adams!” she said. It is true that, after arriving last Monday morning, we had a torrential downpour that very night and it’s been raining off and on ever since. Today we can gladly say, “It’s been raining ALL day!” I don’t know how much of that has to do with Prit and myself. It probably has more to do with believers’ prayers for a divine release from the heavens. One thing is sure: Even though the roof is leaking, we are extremely grateful for the beautiful, refreshing, God-given rain today.

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