Tuesday night we went to a big Luau with dignitaries and professional Polynesian dancers (and of course food!) We had a great evening, even if it was outdoors. Much to everyone’s relief, the weather decided to cooperate and there was heavy cloud cover providing much needed relief from the summer sun. As the evening went on and the dancers came out, they were performing at a little outdoor pavilion, and then they concluded the performance a little after dark with a fire dance. I love the fire dances. The problem came when that much appreciated cloud cover decided to start spewing lightning strikes during the fire dance. Fortunately it waited until after they put out the final flame, and all of 10 seconds later it started pouring. Great timing.
We only get rain a few days a year here. When we do it is often at night. This creates an occasional problem because I consistently neglect my dried out and heat battered windshield wipers. Then when it does rain, I can’t see, but it doesn’t last long so I just drive carefully, promise myself I’ll remember to replace them this time, then forget for another six months.
We did our safety inspection early this year, and I actually remembered to replace my wipers rather than get another warning. This was all one week before it rained!
It’s raining here. Usually we just get a drop or two, but right now it is pouring. Saw the coolest sight on the way home this morning. Big, gray, heavy clouds covered the entire sky, except for one little spot above my home. I couldn’t find my camera before it went away, but right above me was a spot of clear blue sky. Silver lined storm clouds opened up just enough to see all the way up to the clearest blue sky.
Looking for miracles, my thought was this. We know that God is an unchanging God. Yet some days we look at life and all we see are storm clouds and we think to ourselves, that’s not the God I expect. Just because there are storm clouds, thunder, lightening, and rain, doesn’t mean that just above them we don’t have the same, unchanging, constant blue sky. I think pilots see this phenomenon all the time, but it was fun to see a tiny piece of blue above my home today.
We have had a lot of extra rain this month, and with that somewhat lower temperatures. A fun side effect is that my lilac bush bloomed again yesterday! No big deal for most places, but we are so hot and dry here that it usually can only bloom for 1 week in the spring. I have NEVER seen it bloom in the fall. I love lilacs. My 6 year old thinks that the really amazing part is that it bloomed in our yard. (I have 2 black thumbs.) Anyhow, I’m enjoying it.
I live in a hot and dry desert. Rain is scarce, and we can go entire months here without any precipitation. In our sheltered lifestyles with city utilities and running water, I have to admit I rarely even think about rainfall. I understand that water conservation is important, but I don’t have a vested interest in rain – until it results in flash flooding and messes up my house or property. I don’t even own an umbrella or boots or a waterproof jacket.
I guess that as a nation we are officially in the middle of a drought. I’ve even heard some people theorize that ultimately the drought is affecting our economy as much as presidential policies. Could be, I don’t know.
Someone in my area must be praying mighty hard for rain. I looked up our average July rainfall. Overall, we average .48 inches in July. (I think most of that must fall in the mountains, because I’ve seen entire July’s with NO rainfall.) This year our July total is at 1.62 inches – and it is still raining! And in the middle of a drought.
If we lived in a less modern society, I would be thanking God for the miracle of abundant rainfall during the drought.