Friday, July 31, 2009

Still raining ...

Last year at this time we were experiencing a drought. The reservoirs were low, showing white brown dried edges where water usually laps along the shore. But this year, mold is overtaking the cement in shady places, and my ferns are happily flapping in the morning breeze after another night of steady showers. Sometimes the rain has overwhelmed us. Some days I've heard whining to head to the pool. But, praise God for the gift of rain!

God said to Job:
Job 38:25-28 (NIV)

Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, to water a land where no man lives, a desert with no one in it, to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass? Doesthe rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew?

I had the joy of seeing the evidence of God giving the rain this summer. It was trickling down from the glaciers into the "channels" He has cut for the torrents, following its path. Its collective power was awesome, and its source (though unseen) without end. Look at this tiny glimpse of God's torrent He sent to the earth, and then be encouraged by the list of ideas for things to do on a rainy day!

  1. Pull out that recipe you've been wanting to try and do a little cooking. Before it's done, invite a friend over to sample it when you're done. (A personal favorite...)
  2. And that closet or drawer you've been wanting to de-junk? Great opportunity to tackle it. (Going to do this with my teen gal today.)
  3. Read ... as in a book. :) (I'm reading Andrew Murray's "Humility")
  4. Make some popcorn and play a game. (My kids can't resist "Spoons")
  5. Meet a friend at a coffee shop that gives free refills. Sit extra long and linger. (My favorite closed, so I'm in search of a new "one of a kind" spot.)
  6. Clean the inside of your windows. (I do this often, as the dog "paints pictures" on mine.)
  7. Take digital pictures of the rooms in your house. See how they look to you and then do a little rearranging. (LOVE to rearrange my furniture!)
  8. Go through your books and make 3 piles: one to give away to people who would enjoy, one to sell at the used bookstore, and one to read in the next 6 months. (Just did this and enjoyed buying a gift and a new book with the "trade in" dollars we earned.)
  9. Look under your bed and then go from there: clean, purge, or spend time with your cat. :)
  10. If all else fails, iron. But only if all else fails. :)

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Ann said...

WOW the pictures are just beautiful. God's creation's amaze me everyday.

Courtney said...

Great list - I need to print this out - every single one of these I would thoroughly enjoy. But it takes ...slowing down to accomplish these - thank the Lord for rainy days - I seriously LOVE them!