The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
That is really good news! Because today it has rained – a lot! At first I pondered what I might do about it. I considered my options. "There must be some adequate response to this dreadful deluge," I thought to myself. I read Psalm 72 where it says that God love ‘will be like rain falling on the fields.’ It says that ‘God will be like showers watering the earth.’ Then I figured, "God’s really showing the love today!" Who should I call – Chuck Gatica? Nick Cern-ka….vich..or whatever his name is? All I could think was, "This rain is too much love, something has to be done about it!" Then I stumbled upon these wise words of Longfellow. "Ah, now I see! I can’t stop the rain – best let it do whatever it is doing." After that, I enjoyed a much easier day. I cannot imagine the stress that would have held me hostage if I had to have figured out what to do about the rain.
Do you suppose that good ol’ H.W.L. was merely making a comment about succumbing to the weather or was he striking a little more? I mean, after I gave into the notion that the rain was not going stop because I willed it to, it got me to thinking about other things in my life and in the life of the world around me and around us.
It seems to me that there are a number of things that ‘get on my nerves’ that I really cannot change. Do you find that to be the case in your life? How often do you find yourself wishing you could control that which seems wildly out-of-control? I tend to find myself there quite a bit. So it seems that perhaps there are other things happening which I have about as much control over as the rain. So I hope that as I move along my Lenten path that I might discover ways to take heed to what H.W.L. offered above – sometimes I need to just let it rain.
Where did I put that umbrella…?