Rain in our lives

This past week we have been inundated with rain.  The rain has fallen on quite a few days canceling fishing derby's and our already swollen rivers overflow even more.  It seems as though the rain will never end.  Yet amidst all of this the flowers outside look big, beautiful, full, and green.  They are lapping up every drop because they lacked this feeding last year in the drought.  It is surprising how much rain can fall and they have only seemed to flourish.

With everything that has happened in the past weeks I think we tend to forget that in our society of quick fixes.  That a good period of crying, weeping, grieving opens up paths of growth and healing as long as we don't remain stuck there.  Soon these plants roots would rot if the rain keeps up, but for this short period of overflow they remain healthy and full of life.  We too benefit from a temporary flood of tears.  It helps to cleanse, grow, and cultivate us because pain in this life is always present. 

I think we forget the Psalms that offer us so much guidance in how to be in a period of tears.  In Psalm 80 the writer wonders how long God will be angry with them because they have eaten the "bread of tears" and been given "tears to drink by the bowlful".  How many tears is that?  It is quite a picture of the writer feeling as though it is too much sorrow, too much pain, too much grief.  Yet the writer still believes God will restore them. 

So much holy grief can only lead to another path, a new way in the wilderness of our souls.  We just have to open ourselves to the true pains of life.  These allow us to live life to the fullest.