Ah, what a sweet sound: thunder and pounding rain. Growing up in northern Minnesota and living for the last 19 years in Missouri, these were taken for granted. Sometimes it was too much rain (summers of 1992 and 1993 in Missouri with the flooding, etc.).
But now living in the high semi-desert of Southern California, for us those sounds have not been heard — until today. It brings back many memories of working in the barn/hayshed and hearing the rain clatter against the steel roof. The echoes throughout the building brought the full sense of what the rain was doing, replenishing life.
In Isaiah 55:10 (HCSB) we read:
[The Yahweh (LORD) says:
“For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return there
without saturating the earth and making it germinate and sprout,
and providing seed to sow and food to eat,”
Today is a good reminder of God’s constant care of his creation. Without some kind of moisture, plants, animals, and people die. So rain is necessary for life as we know it. And we thank him for the rain and the sounds that accompany it.
But Yahweh (LORD) continues in the next verse:
“so My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty,
but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.”
God reminds us that as much as He cares for creation, He cares even more about His people. His Word carries out even greater growing and prospering among people. If the rain feels good and sounds good to us, how much more is God’s Word to us? Do we want to be soaked in it? Do we want the rain of His Word as a part of our daily life?
Without some kind of Word exposure (every day!), Christians run the risk of dying. So the Word is necessary for life as we know it. And we thank him for the Word and the sounds of prayer and praise and song that accompany it.