The blessing of a rainy day

November 16, 2022

“Like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.”  ~ Deuteronomy 32:2 NRSV

We only had one day of rain while walking the Camino. We’d been checking weather updates throughout the previous day and woke to dense fog and drizzle. The fog had dissipated by the time we started out, but the rain continued to fall most of the morning. 

I donned a rain poncho and set out feeling thankful that this was the first day we encountered rain compared to many pilgrims who get a daily dousing. I was more careful when it seemed the path might be slippery. I reminded myself that rain in 60-degree weather beats winter rains back home. I knew this mental trick. I confess I was talking myself into putting up with the rain.

Suddenly I became aware of the sparkles caused by the rain on the grass, on tree leaves and flowers. It looked as if parts of nature were bedecked with tiny diamonds, better adorned that royalty. And I got to savor the beauty.

Mehmet Murat Ildan quoted his Nana this way, “The rain was nature’s way of adding sparkle to the outdoors.”

Two rainy days in the past 5 days has been a good reminder of that lesson.

Thank you, God, for rain. ~ Anne

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