Be refreshed

Few things refresh the soul?not to mention our lawns and crops?than a good dose of rain following a run of hot, dry days. Last Thurs?day?s rain was a welcomed and somewhat unexpected relief. Though amounts varied significantly within the local area, the Corps of Engineers office at Marion Reservoir record 2.22 inches?a happy median between higher and lower amounts we heard about. Then we received a surprise half inch over Saturday night and Sunday morning. And, even as I write this on Monday, it?s raining again.

After enduring two-plus years of record heat and drought, it?s hard to shake a lingering fear that the cooler and wetter start to 2013 will end and we?ll slip back into desert-like conditions again. It may happen, although our track record for the year suggests that longterm weather patterns have shifted in a positive direction.

Let?s not succumb to prognostication paranoia, but live day to day with grateful optimism for the current blessing we enjoy. We can?t control the weather, but we can rest in the One who does. Doing so nurtures the roots of faith under any circumstance, so that our character ripens and leads to a harvest of generosity that we can share with others. ?DR

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