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The Blessings of Rain: A Musical Photo Essay

Barb is a blogger and amateur photographer who gets writing inspiration from her many nature walks.

Rain Comes to Thirsty Land

Dry Landscape in Local Park

Dry Landscape in Local Park

How Does Rain Make You Feel?

As I sit at my keyboard in Templeton California during a storm, I cannot help but notice the sounds of the rain on the roof. When I first began to type, the sound was gentle. Now the wind has kicked in and I know that I'm happy to be warm and comfortable inside under a strong roof. Sometimes the wind howls and pelts blankets of rain on my house. Surely no sound is more soothing than the lullaby of a gently falling rain when you are trying to get to sleep after a busy day. And few sounds cause more terror in the heart of a child at night than the clap of thunder in the middle of a rainstorm. Rain causes a plethora of emotions in its various forms, and probably brings buried memories into our imaginations. Many of us in the dought-stricken states of America consider rain a great blessing. I am one of them.

As the rain continues to beat on my roof, I am conscious of how vulnerable it sometimes makes me feel, as well. Sometimes during a violent storm when the wind howls and the rain pelts my house with wave after wave of water, I wonder if it will hold up against such an onslaught of power from the heavens. I realize too, that I am vulnerable to the storms of life, which also fall on everyone. I am reminded that my trust must not be in my own strength or in material things, but in the only one who will never fail me.

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress, I shall not be shaken. On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Ps 62:5-7

Walking In the Rain

Couple in the Rain; CCO public Domain

Couple in the Rain; CCO public Domain

Just Walking in the Rain

One of my favorite songs

This song has always brought back memories for me. Probably all who hear it can remember a long ago walk in the rain — maybe with someone special not seen in years. Music has the power to produce those nostalgic moods that can bring on the blues or help us remember happy feelings from times long forgotten until the music brings them back. What comes to mind when you hear this song?

Just Walking in the Rain - Johnny Ray

Rain Blessings

Photo created on Quozio.com

Photo created on Quozio.com

What Mood Does Rain Put You In?

There are probably as many associations with rain as there are people who experience it. Which of these comes closest to describing its effect on you?

Joy is Like the Rain

I have loved this song since I first heard it in the 1970s.

A friend of mine had the album of that name by the Medical Mission Sisters. As soon as I heard it, I began to share it with other people in my church and the young people began to sing it. Whenever it rains I think of it.

It begins with these words:

I saw raindrops on my window. / Joy is like the rain.

Laughter falls across my pane / Slips away and comes again.

Joy is like the rain.

See all the lyrics here.

I Saw Raindrops on My Window

Rain at Sundown in San Luis Obispo

Rain at Sundown in San Luis Obispo

Joy is Like the Rain -- the music.

I did have a video of this entire song here, but it was removed from You Tube. I was happy to see that the album is available in MP3 form at Amazon now, so I'm linking to it here for your enjoyment. If you click through you can hear all the song samples on the album and buy single songs you like or the entire album. I still own the LP for every album The Medical Mission Sisters have recorded, and most are still available on Amazon.

"Joy is Like the Rain" by the Medical Mission Sisters

It's been stormy all week here this week, and I am reminded of the rest of the lyrics to "Joy is Like the Rain." Part of another verse reads "Joy is like a cloud, sometimes silver, sometimes gray, always sun not far away " I have been out taking pictures of the sky between storms and while the sun is setting. I thought I'd share this one here.

Joy is Like A Cloud - "Sometimes silver, sometimes gray, always sun not far away"

Cloudy sky with sun behind clouds.

Cloudy sky with sun behind clouds.

Deut:11: 13-14

And if you will obey my commandments which I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, he will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil.

Job 5:10 ...he gives rain upon the earth and sends waters upon the fields...

Rain in the Bible - God's gift to eveyone. He "sends rain on the just and on the unjust." (Mt: 5:45)

In public domain courtesy of Pixabay.com

In public domain courtesy of Pixabay.com

Showers of Blessing

When rain has been scare, especially during times of long droughts when the land is thirsty, people often gather to pray for rain. The parched land cries out for water. The farmer wonders if his crops will survive. The cities ration water. In the country people pray their wells won't run dry. And then there are showers! God has answered -- sometimes first with gentle showers, and sometimes with a downpour. This happened in our north county of San Luis Obispo in California in December of 2009. It rained for three days. But we were grateful -- even though it rained on Atascadero's Winter Wonderland celebration and on the Paso Robles Vine Street Showcase -- its very special outdoor Christmas celebration. Our land was dry for too long. We needed the showers of blessing. Now, in 2020, it has also been very dry. We badly need showers of blessing again.

Here are some of the words:

There shall be showers of blessing
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys
Sound of abundance of rain.

See all the lyrics and read the story behind this song here

There's Always a Rainbow

Created with my photo on picmonkey.com

Created with my photo on picmonkey.com

When there is no rain, the rivers dry up and water is scarce.

Salinas riverbed during the dry summer

Salinas riverbed during the dry summer

This is the Salinas River in Paso Robles in a drought year -- 2009. There was not enough rain to fill any part of the river, and all parts of the riverbed here looked this way all year -- even after a rain. What water there was soaked into the ground.

See what a difference a good season of winter rain can make.

Salinas River well into  the rainy season.

Salinas River well into the rainy season.

Above you see the Salinas River after a rainy season. This was taken after a series of rainstorms over several weeks. They brought enough rain to cause the river to reach its banks.

Children playing in the Salinas River

Sometimes the river is wide enough to allow children to play in it.

Sometimes the river is wide enough to allow children to play in it.

Surviving the Storms of Life - Rains often come as part of a storm.

Public Domain. CCO

Public Domain. CCO

Storms Test Us

Storms test us. When our homes are flooded or rain causes mud to push our house down a slope, we often don't see the blessing in it. Maybe that's when we see what we have really built our lives on. When material goods are gone, what do we have left?

Have we learned through life to trust God to provide so that we can continue to trust him in the darkness and through destruction of the storms? Sometimes all we have left is his promise to be with us and provide for our needs. The more time we have spent getting to know him and learning to trust him in the small things in life, the more we will be able to keep afloat during the storms as we trust him for the bigger things.

As we build our lives, he needs to be our foundation and cornerstone. He is the rock on which we must build. Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount that those who hear his words and do them are like the wise man who built his house upon the rock. When the rain fell and the floods came and the wind blew hard against that house, it did not fall because it was built upon the rock. But those who hear his words and don't do them will be like the foolish man who built his house upon the shifting sand. When the rains and wind hit his house, it fell, for it had no firm foundation.

To be ready for the storms of life we need, as the old song says, to build our house upon the rock.

The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock - For kids of all ages.

Many of us learned this song as children. It's based on the story Jesus told about the wise man and the foolish man and the foundation of their houses. The truth of the song is just as applicable for us grown-ups as we continue at all ages to build our lives. It's never too late to start building on the rock.

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© 2009 Barbara Radisavljevic

How does rain make you feel?

Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on September 01, 2013:

@suepogson: Love your comment. You were lucky to have rain. We sure need it here. Our county is a tinderbox.

suepogson on August 12, 2013:

What a fine and peaceful read. I'm picturing you sitting at your keyboard wondering what to write, then realising that what you need to write is happening all around you. Lovely. I'm listening to the rain right now - coming down in sheets as I check that I have my torch and my laptop is unplugged in preparation for the likely power-surge followed by blackout. I used to love the rain. Sometimes I still do. At other times, in the tropics, alone in a small house in the countryside, it can feel threatening. Like now! I think I'll read your lens again to calm me down. :) Thank you.

Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on July 02, 2013:

@adammuller003 lm: Thank you. I had a lot of fun creating it. I'm afraid my world view just keeps creeping into my lenses, and then they seem to write themselves.

adammuller003 lm on June 23, 2013:

I love your approach in this lens. There should be more like it :)

myspace9 on December 08, 2012:

Very creative, and wonderful love. I like rain too. Congrats for this nice lens.

Takkhis on December 07, 2012:

Wow! Beautiful lens, i like raining.

Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on November 22, 2012:

@Sylvestermouse: Thanks you. Many blessings to you, as well.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on November 21, 2012:

Wishing you a Thanksgiving day full of blessings!

Liz Mackay from United Kingdom on October 29, 2012:

Beautiful lens. where would we be without rain. Blessed.

Ardyn25 on September 30, 2012:

@BarbRad: Very true, and that usually only happens when their isn't an umbrella in sight!

Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on September 30, 2012:

@Ardyn25: I totally agree -- unless I'm caught in a downpour I wasn't expecting.

Ardyn25 on September 30, 2012:

Beautiful lens, I just love everything about rain, its smells so good and is nourishing to the soul.

HenkWillemse on September 27, 2012:

Great lens about rain. Rain actually makes me feel real calm and serene, even when there are thunderstorms.

Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on August 28, 2012:

@David Stone1: So do I, Dave. That's why I bought the CD of just rain to help me relax and fall asleep at night. Thanks for coming by to comment.

David Stone from New York City on August 28, 2012:

Always loved rain, still do, especially falling quietly at night. I love to wake up in the dark and hear the rain falling.

Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on August 21, 2012:

@captainj88: Thanks for stopping by. Rain always makes me think of related songs and Scriptures.

Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on August 21, 2012:

Fun lens! I enjoyed the Scriptures scattered throughout, and the picture of the cats under the umbrella.

anonymous on August 08, 2012:

In spite of a lot of people i know, rain does not make me sleepy nor does it make me lazy. in fact, I feel quite active and energetic in a rainy day as compared to a sunny one. What I love the most to do in the rain is to go for a long drive drive on a pretty road.

Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on July 28, 2012:

@favored: I'm so glad God has blessed you with much-needed rain. Rain is still one thing man can't control. Governments can regulate water use, but they can't make the skies open. We are dependent on God for water, just as we are for air and climate. God is ultimately still in control of supplying the basic needs of life. We as a people need to recognize that and offer him our praise.

Fay Favored from USA on July 27, 2012:

I know how much rain is a blessing from God. We have been praying for rain for several months. All fireworks, mowing and other activities have been outlawed because of threat of fires. The farmers have lost almost all their crops. My corn is still trying to hang on even though it is way past due. We're almost a foot below the level we should be. Yesterday the Lord opened the sky and it rained.

jazziyarbrough on June 14, 2012:

For some reason rain has always been associated with making all the people I know sleep, including me. Thanks for sharing this great lens and I really love the pic above of the cats under an umbrella.

WorldVisionary on May 14, 2012:

I love rain at night...it's so soothing to listen to the rain when it's late at night and I am cozy inside. Perfect lens for the Spring! Thumbs up.

Mary Crowther from Havre de Grace on May 13, 2012:

I love to go walking in the rain! Beautiful lens and Angel Blessings!

Winter52 LM on May 13, 2012:

It puts me to sleep... nothing like falling asleep to quiet rainfall on the windows. :)

anonymous on May 10, 2012:

I love the rain, it helps me relax

poppy mercer from London on April 29, 2012:

..."But the rain had stopped, and now every living blade and stalk whose destiny it is to be green was astonishingly green." (Rachel Peden)

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on March 09, 2012:

I have always loved the rain ... even when I was a little kid. There's something so refreshing about it.

BestLaminateInc1 on March 08, 2012:

Great lens! I love to sit and watch the rain...especially in a thunderstorm. The smell after a good rain cannot be described.

Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on February 20, 2012:

@sweetstickyrainbo: Cats are very often smarter than people.

sweetstickyrainbo on February 20, 2012:

smart cats!

anonymous on September 21, 2011:

Really liked this! Not only to I love rain but your photos of rain falling was cool. If you like to browse lens like I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to do.

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on August 13, 2011:

I love rain -- especially thunderstorms. As long as they don't cause anyone rain-related problems. When I lived on the Florida Gulf Coast, we'd have showers every afternoon like clock-work. It was such a common occurrence that you didn't even stop your activities, as the rain would be short-lived.

ElizabethJeanAl on June 26, 2011:

Some years it rains everyday, but we've had little rain this year. I miss it.

Jerrad28 on June 14, 2011:

This is a great lens! I live in West Texas where it doesn't rain much, but our thunderstorms are beautiful and always very appreciated

Annamadagan on June 08, 2011:

Nice lens! I really like it. And I love rain. It makes me feel happy, alive, makes me want to go outside and experience God's full creation. Beautiful rain.

anonymous on March 06, 2011:

I love rain so much that I can sit near the window watching it for hours. I also love the beautiful rainbow that manifests in the sky many times. You just brought back a lot of vivid memories of my childhood when I used to soak in the rain.Beautiful images and the thought of rain is refreshing.

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on March 03, 2011:

I love the rain -- it really does make me feel alive. There are times, though, when rain can be frightening, like the storms that have been happening all too often all over the world these last few years. But you are right -- rain is a sign of God's blessing. Thanks for an inspiring lens!

clouda9 lm on February 16, 2011:

As I read your opening, memories of different situations I've been in when it was raining did come to mind. As a child, living in the Philippines, I was scared to death when the monsoons started...relentless rain and thunderous sounds! When I saw your rain boots I totally laughed out loud because before my toddler nephew (now a teen :) would put on his rain boots he always held them up and smelled inside them...don't ask me why, it always made us smile though. Great 'memory' provoking page Barbara, I truly enjoyed my browse today. My Angel Blessing is SWAH :)

everythingsbaby on February 02, 2011:

there are so much rain now in Malaysia, so many places are now flooding. bless this lens!

Patricia on January 31, 2011:

Love the pic with the active rain falling. That is cool! Rain makes me feel different all the time, but it is soothing a lot of the times.

poutine on January 20, 2011:

Loving this lens, as I am a huge fan of rain (in moderation).

Lisa Auch from Scotland on January 15, 2011:

I love the rain too!

HubLens Admin on January 04, 2011:

Such a great lens that brings blessing of rain. It's been raining for three days now so this article is the most joyful read.

ohcaroline on December 02, 2010:

Excellent thoughts about rain. I enjoy the rain because I know that God is giving nature a bath and the air needs a refreshing. It's one of God's blessings.

MargoPArrowsmith on November 02, 2010:

Walking in the Rain with Johnny Wray is one of the first songs I remember I loved it as a child.

anonymous on October 10, 2010:

I love a rainy day and you have displayed it so well. Love it!

Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on October 07, 2010:

@anonymous: Thank you. It's Psalm 19. I always think of it when I see the new beauty of each day's sky and sunset.

anonymous on October 06, 2010:

This is beautifully done! I've always loved the rain and it brings me many different things sometimes just a refreshing and others almost a communion with nature. I love your artistry in presentation and the animations are excellent!

Lou165 from Australia on September 23, 2010:

I love the sound of rain against the window while I'm working or reading, but I hate the sound of a really heavy downpour or storm. My hubby loves it when it rains at night as he finds it easier to sleep to the sound of rain.

norma-holt on July 13, 2010:

Wow, Those pics are fantastic. Rain is also. Great lens *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust - Environment and also on Floods, Drought and Climate Change

anonymous on June 13, 2010:

I love rain - I associate it with relaxing days, sleeping in, and just taking it easy - maybe sitting around coloring all day ;) Now that I live in a desert it is great fun seeing all the animals - and people - get so happy and excited when it rains.

Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on April 11, 2010:

@Ram Ramakrishnan: And your ode of response is also beautiful. Thank you for adding it.

Ram Ramakrishnan on April 11, 2010:

For us, the refreshing season of rain is an yearlong wait,When the heat and dust of the scorching summer abate.That rain is Gods gracious bounty, is a common refrain,But it is He, who bestows as well, the preceding pain,To drive home the simple point that everything in lifeCome in pairs: delightful peace and sorrowful strife.For without the searing warmth of the equinoxal Sun,There can't be the splendor of rain and the resultant fun.Beautiful lens, on all counts. It even made me write a spontaneous ode to it!

Sue Mah from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on February 14, 2010:

Rain is certainly very welcome where I live as it helps to cool things down. Of course too much rain and it will cause flooding!. Love the raining effect you have in your pictures. Just awesome!

myraggededge on February 11, 2010:

What a beautiful and stunning lens! I love rain but living in Wales, we can sometimes have too much of a good thing.

AuthorNormaBudden on February 07, 2010:

I must admit that I enjoy a gentle mist more than pelting rain. However, I do have fun trying to run between the drops when the rain is falling in heavy torrents. It brings about much laughter; I'm just grateful for the opportunity to get into dry clothing promptly.I really love the gentle presentation of your lens; you'll want to check this out... Angel Blessings.

seashell2 on January 22, 2010:

Beautiful lens... I love gentle rain, even a nice jog in the rain is so refreshing! The way it makes everything so green and lush... loved your introduction paragraphs! God is good! :-)

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on January 21, 2010:

I know we need it and if I'm inside I'm grateful for it. But after 3 days of rain, I want to scream for the sun to come back. I was born to live in the sun. beautiful lens and designs!5*****

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on January 21, 2010:

The rain makes me want to go outside to float paper boats down the gutters, look for salamanders in the woods or watch drops falling off the tip of a leaf. I love the picture of the little boy in his rain boots.

CherylsArt on January 21, 2010:

My daughter and I rejoiced when we had rain the other day instead of snow! Here's a story of how we handled the clap of thunder when she was little, on: http://www.squidoo.com/creativeparenting

anonymous on January 21, 2010:

I love rain, always have and your lens also makes me feel good. Love the photographs. Thanks.

Barkely on January 21, 2010:

I love the rain photos, very cool!

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on January 21, 2010:

Great lens. I love the animated photos. Nice landscape cards.

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on January 21, 2010:

We're supposed to be getting snow here now .. but it has been raining. We are hoping for more snow as, we too, need it for summer irrigation of the crops. Rain in the summer is most welcome though. I especially liked your biblical YouTube. 5*s and fav.for a great lens.

Andy-Po on December 19, 2009:

Great lens and I like the animated photos. I love the rain, especially in rain forests in Borneo, but the rain here in England can be pretty spectacular too.

LoKackl on December 16, 2009:

Nice lens! When I'm inside and warm and cozy - love it! When I have to be outside - she emphasized the word "have" - then, not so much! Great pix and affects! 5* etc.

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on December 15, 2009:

I love the rain. It rains here all winter just like in Seattle! Happy Holidays to you and Best Wishes for 2010!

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on December 15, 2009:

This is so cool! I too love rain...as long as it doesn't go on for too many days in a row :) Blessed!

GrowWear on December 15, 2009:

Love, love, love rain!

RinchenChodron on December 14, 2009:

I love to be in a tent when it is raining and thundering! Great job on this lens! Blessed by an Angel (you can add it to the plexo on my angel lens, if you want).

RinchenChodron on December 14, 2009:

I love rain! Especially when I'm camping and I'm cozy in a tent and I can feel the earth shake when it thunders! Great lens! Blessed by an Angel (you can add it to the plexo on my angel lens, if you want).

anonymous on December 13, 2009:

Rain makes me want to curl up in bed with a good book. I love to listen to it hitting the roof. Your pictures here with the rain falling are really great. 5*

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