“If the rain spoils our picnic, but saves a farmer’s crop, who are we to say it shouldn’t rain?” ~ Tom Barrett
As you know, I go through different web sites each day looking for different quotes upon which to base the daily reflection. I try to match the reflection with what is happening at the present time, in order to make the reflections as “fresh” as possible. So, it should come as no surprise, I scoured the internet for quotes about rain. However, the quote for which I sought was a quote saying why rain should not bother our plans. How rain should respect our schedules. How rain should behave for us.
That should also come as no surprise since we are in the middle of our annual parish festival and rain, quite literally, can make or break us. Too much rain or too heavy rain can force us to lose revenue for one or more days. As our largest annual fundraiser, we cannot afford to lose revenue. Not when we budget for a certain amount to come in.
But, who are we to say it shouldn’t rain? Rain does more than ruin plans. Rain also provides much needed sustenance to our earth. After prolonged periods of no rain, you can almost hear the earth sighing when the first minutes of rain begin. The plants perk up. The trees become replenished. And all is right with the world.
I was worried at the beginning of this week because rain was in the forecast for tomorrow and Sunday. Now, they have pushed that off to next Tuesday and Wednesday. In the final analysis, we don’t know what we are going to have until we look out the window and see what is happening. I just hope that it remains clear for us this year.
So, if we need to lose some festival time because of the rain, well, so be it. God knows what He is doing and God will help us as we attempt to live as He wishes. We count on that. We can always thank God for sending rain to wash the pavement for us so that our festival grounds look that much cleaner.
FAITH ACTION: Ask God to give you the grace to accept and to learn from whatever comes your way in this life.