My word is like the snow and the rain
that come down from the sky to water the earth.
They make the crops grow and provide seed for planting and food to eat.
So also will be the word that I speak -
it will not fail to do what I plan for it;
it will do everything I send it to do. Isaiah 55:10-11.
The word of God is like the rain. What an interesting concept? I have lived in very different climates over my life. I have lived in places when the rain blew in fast and furious and could leave in its wake destruction. I lived in a high mountain desert where it rarely rained and if it did rain it might miss your house entirely but get the next block over. I lived in places where it seemed like all it did was rain from February through May and I wished it would stop and I could see the sun.
The word of God is like the rain. When I lived in Wyoming there was no rain. There hadn’t been rain in two years. The plants struggled to grow and you had to decide whether to spend money on the precious resource water to keep life green. The drought cycle was lasting longer because of how we humans used the earth. God’s word is like the rain in a drought; sometimes it seems like it will never come, that the rain is being kept away, that we humans have created a barrier to the word.
Sometimes the rain is a slow steady rhythm that soaks the earth and grounds. The rain replenishes all that has been lost making life spring forth abundantly. God’s word is sure and steady falling constantly then we hear the word everywhere we turn.
Sometimes the rain blows in with loud thunder and flashing lightening. It is quick and powerful, drenching and destroying, terrifying in its power. Sometimes God’s word is like that entering our lives and causing us to radically change and transform from its forceful strike.
The word and rain we can’t live fully, wholly without either. The rain and word have consequences and produce results when the rain and word fall where intended. Rain comes to places where there are no humans. Places where rain is sent because of what else is there. The goat born where no one else except God is present, but has purpose and beauty to God the only one who sees.
Rain of God, pour down your life giving word upon us that we may see and appreciate what your word and your rain bring to us. Amen.