Friday, March 26, 2010

Friday's Blessings!


It's raining here today. Most people don't consider that a blessing but I do. I enjoy the rain as long as it doesn't go on for days. I love the smell of the rain, the sound of it and if it's warm I enjoy the feel of the rain as I walk or work in it. I had the privilege of being with my husband while he was stationed on the small island of Guam, way out there in the Pacific. As with most tropical islands, it rained almost every day. Planned events were never cancelled (except for typhoons) because of rain, it might rain and it might not. I remember walking in the warm rain; it was like a warm shower. I always took an umbrella because the rain would be torrential at times. We often had beautiful rainbows after a rain; sometimes there were double rainbows. It seemed that they arched over the entire Island. I've never seen them as vivid or complete anywhere else. Rainbows remind me of God's promise; that He keeps His promise, all of them. Sometimes a God given promise is all we have to hold onto when we are going through difficult times, and we all do. A promise gives me hope that there will be an end to my troubles and that the sun will come out again.

One more thought about rain. My 86 year old mom died in January 09. The spring of 08 while I was visiting her, it was raining. As we were talking about the rain Mom mentioned that she wished she could walk in the rain one more time. At that time she was frail, on oxygen, and unsteady on her feet; I could not imagine taking her out the door, down her steps and into a slippery unknown. But I wish I had. Now when it rains I often think about her wish to walk in the rain one more time; it’s not a painful memory but a vision of my mom young and enjoying a walk in the rain. God’s promise to her of life everlasting has come and she has probably enjoyed that walk in the rain once again. What???? You never thought about rain being in Heaven?

7 comments:

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sweetie...
I am sure that your sweet Moma has been running in the rain, and enjoying rainbows that we can only dream of. She has danced the streets of gold and shared laughter with family she had long missed. What a joyous occasion to go home.

I think when it rains for you, it is like your Moma saying, "I am thinking of you, I haven't forgotten you, and guess what? Today I am dancing in the rain with you. Come out and play?" I love it sweetie. What a wonderful memory, and to think you experience if often.

Have a gorgeous day today. Happy Friday. Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

Mrs.Kwitty said...

I'm sure your Mom is enjoying herself fully in heaven! What a lovely post, made this gray day a little brighter.
Smiles, Karen

Tracey said...

Willa, what a great post! And what sweet thoughts about your mom. The photo above is just beautiful! Have a blessed weekend,
Tracey

Valley Primitives Gift Shoppe said...

Beautiful post Willa! I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Kim

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Thanks so much for your sweet post. We all seem to get annoyed when it rains. But it does refresh the earth. I too agree that the rainbow is a symbol of God's promise. And yes we do have God's promises to hang onto in times of difficulty. I'm sorry that your sweet Mom did not have her last walk in the rain, but knowing that she is walking with her Saviour should bring a rainbow in your heart.

There Is No Place Like Home said...

Willa, what a beautiful post I sat here with tears in my eyes and started picturing your mom walking in the rain...and then suddenly the tapping on my window brought me back to reality only to realize its raining here! How neat!

Angie Berry said...

I'm with you on the rain. I love it, especially the warm rain. I like to be home with the windows open. The smell is so fresh, and the sound is so soothing. I took a picture of a double rainbow last week with my cell phone and put it on my facebook. This was my pastor's comment: Reminds me of two of God's promises...1. I will never flood the earth again with water. 2. I am coming back soon!

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