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Let it Rain


 Now that Spring has arrived, and cherry blossoms have fallen off the trees, Seoul is turning seriously green.  As I type this, big fat rain drops are dropping on the roof of the church.  Each year I’m amazed at the lush greening of Seoul.  Most people don’t know this, but Seoul receives more annual precipitation than Seattle, Washington, a city famous for its constantly rainy days.  Seoul gets about 137 cm (54 in.) of precipitation in an average year.  That’s a lot.  That is why it’s so green and plants can thrive even with little care. 

Most people like rain and I am one of them.  The sound of rain is soothing.  When Jean had trouble sleeping during her first pregnancy I sprung for a 99 cent digital music album which was just 90 minutes of the sound of rain in the forest.  It helped. 

The song of Moses speaks of God’s Word as rain: ““Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak, and let the earth hear the words of my mouth. May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass, and like showers upon the herb. For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God!” (Deuteronomy 32:1–3, ESV)

Most of us love rain.  We love the smell of it.  We love the sound of it.  We love knowing the plants we depend on for life are being nourished.  Hopefully we have a very similar love for the Word of God.  It is life as well.  It is nourishment as well.  Its sound soothes us in a very deep part of our being.  Without the Word of God we become a parched landscape, an arid place.  Although quick downpours can be nice, most of the water will run off, the soil cannot absorb it so quickly.  Gentle showers are much better.  Likewise a constant and steady soaking in God’s Word will feed our souls and keep us from drying out.

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