Later, we were going into town, a mere five miles from where we’d been earlier, when I smelled the fresh scent of rain, before I ever saw it. The roads were so covered with water, the wheels on the cars sprayed all the cars around them. Curiosity caught me and I again, pulled out my trusty cell phone to check the weather. 10% chance of rain, it assures me! We smile and enjoy the clean scent, as our wipers clear the windshield.
An hour or so later, with the sun shining brightly in the sky, ....rain! We had to look for the cloud from which it came! …..And still….. only 10% chance of rain!
I admit, I enjoy rain. That likely makes me a bit odd, but it’s truth. Further, I completely enjoy a good thunderstorm! There is something powerful about the thunder crashing and lightning streaking the sky. But that said, I’m horrified when those welcome thunderstorms turn into hurricanes or tornadoes that rock the very world in which we live.
Our lives are like that, when sometimes raindrops fall as huge chunks of hail battering and destroying everything in their wake! I read a story this morning about a woman who had an “evil predator” in her life and what she went through emotionally to rid herself of it. Her predator was cancer, but many of us have other predators that can destroy us if we allow them.
For some people, those predators include alcohol, speed demons, drugs, failed marriages, porn, a life of crime, illnesses (including cancer like my friend), gambling, loss of a job, bankruptcy, and so many others. It takes a huge amount of courage, strength, discipline, desire, and faith to get the fearsome “creature” out of our lives. It seems when we are close, like in the horror movies where the evil is thought dead and then rises at the least expected moment, our demon resurges and causes us to land flat on our face.
There’s an expression called “Murphy’s Law”…. “anything than can go wrong, will” many people actually believe. I don’t know, I believe that’s the pessimistic view. I like to look at my life and world as being “half-full” rather than “half-empty.” There is no doubt we will face setbacks no matter what we are trying to overcome. It’s human nature to give in to a power that has controlled us for a long time. But sometimes we must rely on something greater than ourselves!
Having a support system through our families, work, educational facility and our faith can give us the extra push we need to face our challenge and ridding ourselves of the “predator,” through. Sometimes it requires replacing a bad habit with something good like volunteering in some form, exercising, taking college classes, or moving to another part of the country to start over. But it can be done.
So I challenge you to look at the rain. Is it gentle and refreshing or is it battering you into destruction? Make choices to rid yourselves of whatever demons and predators converge on you. Don’t let it rob you of peace.