Of course, we're hoping that recent storms will bring an end to drought and make this year's harvest bountiful; the fields in many states certainly needed a dousing. While drought persists in the west, rain totals seem to be leveling in our area. No real measure of what is needed by local farmers, my herb garden is flourishing. On this particular morning, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the land is covered with green as far as the eye can see. Little bursts of color pop up now and then, as well, as a rainbow of floral gifts brighten the horizon. The peonies were glorious - although they bloomed very early this year. They seem to be setting on a second generation of buds, so we'll bring a second round to decorate the sanctuary when they bloom.
Part of God's creation, rain is a natural part of the life of the earth - and all that is in it. Scripture often refers to rain, both as a gift from God and as a means of clearing and starting over. We all know the story of Noah and his sons; their work to build an ark to gather all manner of living things and save them from the coming deluge is legendary, and the message is as powerful now as it was in that day. Rainbows are so beautiful, and reflecting on their meaning in Noah's life makes them ever so much more so. May the rainbows that appear at the end of our late spring storms be as beautiful, as meaningful, and as full of promise!
Ask rain from the Lord
in the season of the spring rain,
from the Lord who makes the storm clouds,
and he will give them showers of rain,
to everyone the vegetation in the field.