April showers bring May flowers. Or so that childhood rhyme goes. That’s what I love about the poem by Langston Hughes. It’s about how he loves the rain and all the ways the rain loves us back. All the gifts of the rain from kissing us on the head to singing us to sleep. A way to celebrate, because as the old song says; “Who can stop the rain?”
It often seems that much of April is filled with rainy days. But not every day. There’s plenty of sunshine too. Like life. Days of sunshine and shadow. A time for every season, as the Biblical poet reminds us. Rain brings growth and with it new beginnings. But rain can be a menace, bringing too much rain and floods, that causes damage and destruction. Again, like moments in life when we feel like we are drowning in our problems or situations.
Giving them power over us. Wondering where the sun is. We all love the gentle rain that Hughes is speaking of - soft, warm, lulling us to sleep. But the hard rain of life is more difficult to move through. That is when we need to remember Who is with us in the rain. Who is rowing out to us in the flood. Who is right beside us. Who is walking towards us on the water. When we are in the midst of gloom and storms, it is easy to forget. But God never does. God is with us through it all - sunshine, rain, rainbow and all the colors in between.
On those gloomy April days when the rain is kissing your head, why not, just for a moment, give thanks to the One who is with you through it all. And then, look for the flowers!
April Rain Song
Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain.