Wednesday, August 02, 2006


You visit the earth and water it;
you greatly enrich it;
the river of God is full of water;
you provide their grain,
for so you have prepared it.
You water its furrows abundantly,
settling its ridges,
softening it with showers,
and blessing its growth.
~Psalm 65: 9,10~

I've always loved this poetic description of rain. It makes me think of Disney's old short film, Johnny Appleseed, which showed rain coming down on furrows, making the youngling trees shoot up.

"The Lord is good to me
and so I thank the Lord.
For giving me the things I need,
The sun and the rain and the appleseed.
Yes He's been good to me."

In the new Narnia movie, after winter is over, Edmund redeemed, the battle won, and the Golden Age about to begin, renewing rain falls pattering over the land. Regrowth, cleaning, blessing after the dry season.

And yesterday, I stood outside and watched it come down in sheets. Here in dusty West Texas, where little cars drown in flash-flooded streets for lack of proper drainage. In our very front yard, which my mother has been struggling to keep watered, because one sweltering day is all it takes to wilt flowers and fry grass. The wet stuff came down as rippling brushes, sweeping the street clean, dotting the sidewalk with circles and rings, and dripping from the blackened pine trunks. Of course, I had to get out in it a bit and plash with my toes, joyfully half-soaking myself before growing cold and running inside.

And this on the day I had determined to watch for a blessing about which to blog.

I've decided that since I've been cynical and far too critical lately, and since I've nearly forgotten my new blog already for lack of "things to talk about," the logical thing to do is to blog about
blessings. No matter size or perceived importance, that's what I expect to do for a while now. Maybe I'll keep away the sarcasm, and not write, "I got a 65 on my Spanish quiz today. Hurrah." Or maybe there will be those days. But I think it should be interesting, and hopefully the Lord will open my eyes to His ever-present blessings.

"In dry places, such as parts of Africa, India, and the Middle East, rain is greeted with euphoria." ~Wikipedia~


  1. Charity7:55 AM

    Wow, it is raining here too! :) And there was GREAT rejoicing, after all the 90 degree days! ;) I really appreciate your thoughts and quotes on how rain refreshes and renews the land and helps things to grow! This is our FATHER's world, and HE is the Ruler yet- He cares for all His creation, even the plants.:)


  2. Muglin5:20 AM

    And guess what: it's even raining on the other side of the Atlantic!

    A beautiful site, Hobbitgirl - or Lady Rael, as I should now address you! :)

  3. Thanks, Charity! This was an enjoyable post to write, not to mention finding pictures to go with it. I like the ducks best. ;)

    Muglin, Hobbitgirl works still. ;) I just decieded I should try another name that was more unique. That's funny that you and Charity both had rain at the same time, and so far away! My family just came back from Colorado, where (surprise) it rained every day!

  4. Refreshing, Rael. Thanks.