It rained this afternoon. A fierce storm came growling up the valley spewing lightning and raindrops the size of silver dollars. People went to the windows to watch. The air freshened—what exactly is that smell of rain approaching? Can’t put my finger on it, but my nose knows it.
Rain is a big deal here in the desert. A good storm, especially after a long dry spell, will make the front page of the newspaper, complete with photos of cars splashing through puddles and people running for cover, soaked to the skin. Most of them are smiling. It’s a good thing to get rain, especially now. The wild flowers are about to bloom, the palo verde and ironwood trees are flowering, the cacti are budding—a good rain now will make the annual display of color all the more beautiful.
I will make a covenant of peace with [my flock]…. I will make them and the places around my hill a blessing. And I will cause showers to come down in their season; they will be showers of blessing. —Ezekiel 34:25,-26, NASB
The Lord of the fields, the mountains and the rain lives, and he sends showers of blessing on his faithful people.