Whenever it rains, I’m reminded of what my grandmother always said. “You won’t get wet – just run in between the raindrops, and you’ll be just fine.” I also think of that saying when life rains down hard on me and I wonder how to dodge the drops, then, too. Gran’s gentle and humorous confidence that life always worked out for the best instilled in me the same optimism and joyful outlook on life.
When we realise that the inevitable rain showers come and go in our lives no matter how much we try to avoid the dampness of the moment, we find comfort and a sense of content understanding when we look behind the clouds of circumstance and know the sunshine of possibility never left our world.
Life lessons, like the rain in our lives, offer us both pleasant and unpleasant experiences. We recognise that life’s challenges, much like precipitation, bring opportunities for growth, but only when the soil of our consciousness absorbs the lesson.
If we put up umbrellas of protection from the majesty of life falling down on us, we negate the possibility of receiving new information and therefore, deny progression toward our greater good. Yet, if we look up to the sky and willingly allow the inevitable rain to reach us, we may indeed get wet; even drenched in the torrent of blessings disguised as a dark cloud teaching us valuable lessons.
Only when we walk in the rain, with its glorious thunder and lighting and life-sustaining water, do we embrace the possibility of moving through it and accepting the blessings it brings.
At times in our lives, we experience drought or downpour. We complacently go from day-to-day, enjoying our bliss. All the while, somewhere, the rain builds, but it avoids hitting us directly. We see the accumulation of problems and feel the residual effects of the gathering storm, but we don’t experience the outburst directly. And then, when the skies open up and problems pour down on us, we use different methods, like prayer or coping mechanisms, to assist us in redirecting the conflict away from us, for a better use. Like weather, does God give us an “all or nothing” presentation of life’s challenges? Sometimes, it seems that way.
One little lesson at a time, we feel soaked in life’s education, yet we must remember what’s in between the drops themselves. My grandmother’s gentle advice to run in between the drops meant that while we experience the downpour of life, the way to cross the street to a sunny side of positive outcome, is to take advantage of those brief moments and spaces in time – between the drops – and take a breath of air to assess what’s happening, then move on to the next challenge.
As we embrace the gentle rain and the small sprinklings of life happening from time to time, we prepare ourselves by learning slowly and completely the lessons the heavens give us at the perfect time and place, and in the perfect order. Rain, like life’s ordeals, gives us nourishment, and is necessary for growth. Without the existence of the dark clouds and humidity, the sunshine in our lives may be taken for granted.