Author and Minister, Graham Cooke signed a book to me, "Karen, it's going to rain. Sell your umbrella." Not only does rain represent blessing in the Bible, but I have a strong connection to it.
I adored walking to grade school on rainy days. My mom grew up with snow so she wasn't inclined to give us (my brothers and me) rides unless there was lightning or a serious downpour. This pleased me because I was nuts about getting completely soaked and I rarely kept my umbrella overhead.
The trick was circumventing the goodwill of those pulling over to offer me a ride. Declining their rescue effort was not exactly reasonable.
My teacher would lay my wet coat or sweater over heaters that lined the wall beneath the windows. I would sit at my desk, water squishing out of my socks and shoes, not minding the extra attention at all.
As I matured, I had hair and make-up to consider. My clothing and shoes were not as forgiving. I couldn't afford to have the contents of my purse compromised by water. Hey, I had appearances to keep up. (But I still missed getting wet.)
When approaching rain spiritually, especially in the challenging season that I find myself, I yearn for what rain brings: life, replenishment, refreshing, cleansing, healing... There is nothing like being under the shower-head of heaven.
Soak me in your presence Daddy God. Saturate me in your love and purpose. Use your sweet rain to drench me with renewal.
Deuteronomy 28:12-13 (NIV)
12 The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.
Deuteronomy 28:12-13 (MSG)
12-13 God will throw open the doors of his sky vaults and pour rain on your land on schedule and bless the work you take in hand. You will lend to many nations but you yourself won't have to take out a loan. God will make you the head, not the tail; you'll always be the top dog, never the bottom dog, as you obediently listen to and diligently keep the commands of God, your God, that I am commanding you today.