For the Small Things …

Admittedly, I’m a fan of car washing; there’s nothing like driving a clean car.  Needless to say, when I saw the weather forecast for last Saturday – mostly sunny, high near 80 degrees, slight chance of rain – I was giddy!  To my dismay, however, the weather forecast was a bit off.  A front came in sooner than anticipated, and it rained, off and on, all weekend.  For a moment, I was so upset that I didn’t know what to do with myself.

Then, I noticed the grass and how green it was.  Next, I looked at the beautifully colored leaves dangling or falling from the trees.  Without rain, plant growth or the first signs of Fall are impossible.  Then, I had a flashback to a couple of years ago when rain was a commodity.  Not long ago, North Carolina was so arid that water conservation efforts were widespread.  I even thought about the time of year it was – almost the end of hurricane season – and realized that the rain could have been a torrential, life-threatening storm.  Not long thereafter,  I paused and thanked God for the water that flowed so freely from heaven.

Small things like rain remind me how good God is.  When I thought about how He blesses us with rain, I couldn’t help echoing the psalmist’s sentiments: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!” (Psalm 107:1, New Living Translation).  What an awesome God we serve!