But all that rain over the last couple of weeks has been a little scary too. Flooding, water rescues, new leaks that have developed in my house and at church…all that rain has powerful and potentially damaging consequences too and we could do without those.
I’m pretty terrible at small talk (introvert problems), so my go-to chit chat usually revolves around, you guessed it, the weather.
This means that for the last 2 rain-soaked weeks, everyone from the cashier at the grocery store, to the clerk and the dry cleaners to the neighbor at the mailbox has gotten my best conversation starting material which goes something like this,
“Crazy weather we are having! Can you believe all this rain?!” (Original, I know!)
Strangely enough, in almost every single case the response to my question was the same, “We really need it!”
Texans really do appreciate the rain, and with good reason! Rain is vital for life and the extreme drought conditions we’ve endured recently and in the past have made us all the more grateful for an abundance in the reservoirs.
Texans get it! Rain is refreshing, cleansing, and necessary. We need it!
Way back in Genesis, Noah discovered the power of water; its power both to destroy, but also to save! Peter talks about that in 1 Peter 3:20,
[Noah and his family] were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ!
Water has the power to cleanse, refresh, and quench, but when it is mixed with God’s Word through Baptism it also has the power to save! Our Baptism links us once and for all to the death and resurrection of Jesus and saves us from the power of sin and death. And oh how we need that!
In that sense, I’m grateful for every pair of shoes I had to dry out in front of my space heater over these last few weeks because they were reminders that what I really need was provided for me in Jesus through my Baptism. I’m grateful for that reminder because, I definitely need it!