It’s raining as I write this. It probably won’t be raining when you read this. Most likely, this day of rain might be the last one for several months. That’s because we’re heading into the Dry Season, otherwise known as “summer” here in Victoria.
I didn’t know this when I arrived nearly two years ago. I expected that I would be living in the monsoon-like conditions of Vancouver. Certainly, there was no hint anywhere in my research that Victoria in mid- August could be likened to the Sahara desert. Our first summer, last summer, was a real eye-opener. Day after sunny day. Any clouds that happened across that expanse of blue sky simply disappeared over the mountains. The few occasional drops that did fall did nothing to mitigate the arid expanses of brown lawns or the curling leaves of the rhododendron bushes. Frankly, I was worried.
Then the rains came. And they stayed. I began to wonder if I should be building an ark. Then, early April, and the sun was back in full force.
Today is almost six weeks to the day of the last “good” rain. For the past few weeks, I’ve found myself humming that old hymn, “There shall be showers of blessing, showers of blessing we need. Mercy drops round us are falling, but for the showers we plead.”
I think that we Christians have the same kind of weather. There are times when we are deluged by showers of blessing – when everything seems to be hunky-dory in our lives, God is in His heaven and all is right with the world. We feel uplifted, joyful, loved, and blessed.
Then, the dry season is upon us. Everything around us is falling apart, our lives are full of frustration and doubt, and God seems far away. We find ourselves hanging on to the mercy drops – those little moments of grace that tell us that we have not been abandoned by God – but in our heart, we plead for the showers of blessing to return.
And they do.
It occurs to me that perhaps we need those dry spells so that we can appreciate the richness and abundance that comes from the showers. *****
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