California is finally getting its much needed rain. We are all thankful the drought could come to an end. What I have noticed in all this rain is the rain boots that everyone is wearing—not just the children, but also the moms. They are fun, and I was thinking that I might need to get a pair, especially for when I pick my grandson, Cooper, up from school. He is five, and with his Batman rain boots, he has such fun stomping in the rain puddles as we walk back to the car. Now, I know I’m almost 60, but still...stomping a bit in those puddles looks like fun.
This is not a time to be shopping. Not while we wait on Jim getting a new job. It’s not that we’re not eating, and don’t have a roof over our heads. It’s not that God is not providing for us to continue on for a bit without a job. But, we have to live wisely. We don’t know how long it will be before the job comes through. This doesn’t stop a generous God from knowing the desires of our hearts, and coming through in so many different ways. God has surrounded us with generous friends who allow God to use them in amazing ways. He also surrounds us with generous family. When the mention of rain boots is brought up, rain boots it is. I was telling my sister, Karen, about the fun rain boots everyone is wearing, and how I would like a pair. Her eyes lit up, and she asked me what size I wear? I told her. And lo and behold, that is the exact size of rain boots her daughter, Roxanne, wore, and doesn’t want anymore. Karen kept thinking she needed to get rid of them. But they were so cute, she just hated to let them go. She was very happy to give them to me.
It didn’t rain today. But with an El Niño winter, it won’t be long, and I’ll be stomping in the rain puddles with my grandson. He will laugh. So will I. He will think it is silly. And it will be. But why not be silly? Life is heavy enough. When we can laugh and enjoy the simple things, we should take advantage of those moments. One of my favorite memories as a child was on one of the many Saturdays we spent at the beach. My mom was being silly with me as she chased me around a big hole we had dug in the sand. I hope that one of Cooper’s favorite memories will be me stomping in the rain puddles and walking through gutter rivers with him. We will only wade through those rivers of his childhood for just a short bit of time.
Searching And Noticing the Divine showed up in a pair of rain boots this week. Boots that were just sitting, waiting for God to make His love visible through them. Jesus was the visible image of the invisible God. Jesus came to make our joy complete. We won’t know complete joy until we are Home in Heaven with our Savior. But we can get a snippet of His eternal care and joy right here, right now, in so many ways.
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.
Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
John 16:24 (NIV)