“Into each life some rain must fall.” I think we all have heard this saying which originated with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and then became a song sung by Ella Fitzgerald and also the Ink Spots. Of course, Longfellow was simply alluding to the fact that we all deal with cloudy days and troubles.
The saying is appropriate right now because my area of Montana has been dealing with too much rain – sometimes flooding, sometimes just delaying work – combined with a late, cold spring which has further delayed growth, garden production, and flower blooms. People in areas like Seattle or Atlanta probably would laugh at the idea of this being too much rain, but perspective is an interesting thing.
I bring this up because the rain has caused my husband a great deal of trouble. Gumbo mud has made it nearly impossible to get to places to repair fences or to try to round up yearlings who took advantage of places that needed repair. Swollen creeks have made crossings and sometimes bridges impossible to use. And rains have stopped branding over and over so that the crew is still branding close to the first of July.
He is lamenting the rain. However, he also knows that later in the summer the grass and water will be plentiful and the cattle will do well, although if the year continues to be wet the weights on calves and yearlings will be less because washy grass has less protein. Also, the reservoirs are full, and water which lasts into the fall is a godsend in this country.
Once again, we have a lesson on God’s reminder that ALL things work together for good to them who love and serve the Lord. Even the rain when it causes problems and even the “rain” in our lives which seems nothing but troublesome. All of these things are in God’s hands, and we are called on to trust Him that sooner or later we will understanding how things are working together for good.
Don’t you wish we could always see the rainbows? Always see the sunshine coming tomorrow? Always rejoice in life despite the troubled days? That’s something to pray for, this day and every day.
I just want to continue to share ideas about grief and life with people who long as I do for comfort and understanding.