April Showers Bring May Flowers
This time of year is known for rain. LOTS and LOTS of rain. I remember when I was little my mom used to always tell me, “April showers bring May flowers”. Anytime it rained in the spring, even if it wasn’t April, I could count on my mom reminding me of that old adage.
The message that you have to deal with the rain if you want the reward of beautiful flowers has stuck with me. You cannot have one without the other.
I’ve had a lot of April rain showers in my life. Some lasted for a short period, while others lasted years. There were days I felt like I was drowning and needed a life jacket to get through the rising waters, but some days I could throw on my raincoat and go about my business, albeit a little wet.
My perspective changed when I decided to look at these showers as a blessing from God instead of a major inconvenience. I remember how, in order to see the bloom, I must first have to endure the growth. In order to grow, I needed to be watered. In order to be watered, I had to get a little uncomfortable and wet. There is no other way around this process.
I could imagine how hard it was to be a small plant in the ground, not seeing daylight, only feeling the water. It had no idea there were greater things to come. But, once it broke the surface and felt warm sunlight, relief was ahead! That is, until the next rain storm came. Imagine how defeated that poor flower felt, not knowing the water is actually necessary to help it grow. The water nourishes it from the roots up, allowing for a strong foundation.
God allows the showers because He knows without them there can be no beautiful bloom.
The next time you are being pelted with rain, feeling like you can barely stay afloat, have faith that a perfect, colorful flower will soon appear.
“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!” Luke 12:27-28