The sun shone bright and the temperature reached into the 60’s.  We packed up a lunch and headed for the beach.  The kids ran barefoot, playing tag with the waves while the adults built a fire and prepared to eat. 

  The adults saw it first.  The bank of fog rolling in from the ocean.  It didn’t take long, maybe 20 or 30 minutes and the rain hit the beach.  Lunch got packed back up and the rain put out the fire, but the kids ran and chased each other in and out of the rain and clouds. 

Rain isn’t usually fun.  In fact, rain usually spoils the party, but that day at the beach the kids turned the rain into fun.  Plants need the sun and the rain to grow.  Sometimes when God sends the rain, it ruins our little party, but it is a good idea to choose to grow from the rain rather than drown in the puddles.

Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.  Deuteronomy 32:2

“You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, the LORD, have created it.  Isaiah 45:8