Growing up, I loved Broadway musicals. South Pacific was, and still is, one of my favorites. It is set on a South Pacific island during World War II where a naïve young Navy nurse named Nellie Forbush becomes romantically involved with Emile de Becque, a French plantation owner. At one point, Nellie is reconsidering her relationship with Emile and decides to break up with him and sings the wonderful “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair.” Have you ever wanted to wash something, or someone, out of your hair? There are times when we might all need to wash away all our troubles and call forth freshness into our lives, if not with shampoo, then why not reconsider your thoughts about rain?
In Hebrews, Paul tell us that falling rain enables the ground to bear a good crop. How does that apply to us? When it rains in our lives, we can wish it away, or we can reconsider the healing and nourishing properties of it. What is the storm in your life brewing? Contempt? Self-pity? Anger? Could you put aside your perceptions of the storm and consider what God might be doing in your soul? What is He trying to grow in you? Patience? Endurance? Strength?
The most cleansing substance on earth is water. Can we re-imagine rain as an energizing waterfall, rejuvenating our body, mind, and spirit. Allow yourself to be aware of its healing powers. Take a few moments and study the rain. Look for individual raindrops and remind yourself that you are as fearfully and wonderfully made as each unique droplet. Listen to the sound of the rain and allow yourself to feel at one with the universe. Imagine the rain as a healing wash on your body flushing away all fear, doubt, or discouragement from your spirit. Cleansing. Refreshing. Renewing. Producing new growth. I love that God tells us that He will bless us when we soak up the falling rain and use it to produce new fruit. Linda