Listening to the Rain….

Listening to the rain…..

As it falls, heavy and loud.

The garden is being over watered,

Everything is wet, very wet!

Yet I listen with thoughts of how pleasant this sound is, how wonderful it feels to witness the expression of nature, and I do this from the comfort of my bed.

It is so easy for me to enjoy such an experience when no inconvenience is felt. After all, I am protected from the elements outside!  Maybe I would not feel the same in the morning, when light shows the damage and excessive amount of water collected!

Would it be then that my thoughts of thankfulness and wonder quickly vanish?

As I lay there listening and pondering on the goodness of the provision of rain, especially as we have been in need of it for so long, my soul was reminded of others not so fortunate. Those not provided with shelter from the elements of the outdoors. With the amount of rain, there would have been very limited places to which anyone would be able to go to be free from it. Everywhere would be wet.

And so my thoughts of gratitude soon grew into a reality check of how blessed I truly I am. Not only do I have shelter here from the rain now, but that I have the means to keep dry and protected in the following hours, regardless of how wet and inconvenient life can and would become, because of the water now lying around, I am protected.

My reminder was: how blessed I am, reminding me of how quickly I can take the things of life so much for granted, every day things that I expect to be there. Yes, I have had to work hard at securing these things and have made decisions accordingly, yet I am still blessed.

Why was I born in such a blessed country, where I can have shelter and food, not only for myself but for my family as well? What did I do to be so blessed and fortunate?

I cannot provide answers to these questions, but I can say that these thoughts awakened my spirit to be able to see and appreciate things for what they really are. The small things in life that I take for granted, the blessings that are usually hidden amongst other things. Blessings like:

Having a job to go to, this causes me to be busy and takes away time that I would have for other things, but I am thankful, I have a job to go to. Many don’t.

A house to clean, this is a chore that is never ending and requires time, but I have a house, a home to clean, many don’t.

A meal to cook, another chore that takes time, but I have the finance to purchase the food and the elements required to cook a meal to serve to my family, many don’t.

You get the picture!

There are so many things that can easily be taken for granted, so many things that we assume will be there, or that we assume we are deserving of.  Yes we work hard for what we have, we sacrifice what we need to get where we want to go in life, but through all this I remind my soul of how blessed I am to have the great head start to be living where I am, to be blessed with the family I have and the ability to provide for and support them.

And of course I am very thankful for the rain, but it will always now be more to me than just water coming from the sky.

May your day be filled with showers of blessings!



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