Blog 2063 – 05.19.2021
Sunshine and Rain
I admit that I often have a divergent or slightly skewed view of many things. It has long been a personal habit of mine to try to look at most things from another perspective other than the standard party line. I find myself more often than not playing the devil’s advocate as it were for the minority opinion.
When my dear and almost now nine years departed daughter Emily was a small girl we used to watch Sesame Street together on Sunday mornings before we got ready for Sunday School and church. One of my favorite episodes had a segment where a black man in a suit behind a desk was delivering what sounded a lot like a political campaign commercial. His spill started: “Folks I’ve been hearing a lot of bad talk about rain. Listen folks, we’ve go to get behind rain.”
I have heard people complain about rain all of my life. Even the lovely singer Karen Carpenter had a hit song about Rainy Days and Monday always getting her down. Not me, my friends, when I see or hear it start to rain my heart leaps like a lover seeing his sweetheart after a long separation. I love rain and even more than sunshine on my shoulders to paraphrase the John Denver song by that name, rain makes me high.
We have been getting a lot of rain in usually hot, sunny, and humid Houston, Texas over the last several days and it is making the grass and trees shine in the loveliest bright shade of green and flowers are bursting forth everywhere. I heard myself saying just yesterday that in even perceived tragedy that we can see God, we can see good, if we just look. That is the conclusion that a slightly skewed view has always brought me to, the realization that God, that good is behind, back of, and will indeed shine through all things, if we just allow it, him, her to. The Apostle asks, “What shall separate us from the love of God?” And after enumerating a long list of possible candidates, answers that question himself in a word or two – nothing or no thing.
What shall stay this sturdy character like the post office used to say from making his/her appointed rounds? Certainly not a little rain or as I like to refer to rain – showers of blessings. An ole church song says, “Mercy drops ‘round us are falling, but for the showers we plead.”
Enjoy the sunshine if you will, but also enjoy the rain.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
Rainy Days and Mondays
Sunshine On My Shoulders