I was driving home in a gloomy rainstorm on a cold, March morning in the mountains of my home. Part of me was enjoying the rain thinking that it would clean the slush, salt, and grime that covered my car from weeks of Winter driving and save me a trip to the car wash. Another part of me was keeping a watchful eye on the creeks and rivers hoping that the melting snow and freshly falling rain wouldn’t lead to any flooding.
A deeper part of me, however, was quietly
dreaming of the warmer weather and strengthening sunshine to come in the
weeks ahead. I knew that they would join with this nourishing rain to
turn the yellow grass green, to bring new buds and leaves to the trees,
and to cause the million flowers sleeping underground to push their
heads through the soil and start the Spring. It would be that glorious
time when the whole world comes back to life again and it was all
starting with this steady, March shower.
The rains in our own lives can bring
mixed blessings as well. Storms of problems and troubles can flood us
with stress, strain, and pain. They can make our days seem dark and
They can make our hearts feel heavy and sad. Yet, these same storms can
also strengthen our spirits. They can help our souls to grow. They
can lead us to learning and wisdom. They can cause our hearts to reach
out to God and to each other.
There is a reason why a world with only
sunshine and no rain becomes a desert. There is a reason why a life with
no problems becomes boring and barren, devoid of both learning and
growth. God wants us to grow. God wants us to learn. God wants us to
love each other as He loves us. God wants us to embrace His light in
both the sunshine and the rain. And God wants us to shine and share our
own light as well even on the darkest of days.
“I have told
you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you
will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Joseph J. Mazzella