6.17.2011

Send Some Rain

This is my simple prayer today:

Send some rain,
would You send some rain?


{my dead rosemary plant}

I've lived in Houston my entire life {minus four years in college} and can't remember a spring and summer this dry...ever. We Houstonians are used to some Texas-sized thunder storms. I miss the sound.

I find myself listening to this song on repeat and singing it like a prayer...because the earth is dry and needs to drink again.


{the cracked edge of my front yard}

I sing and pray Nicole Nordeman's words:
Would You send a cloud, thunder long and loud?
Let the sky grow black and send some mercy down
Surely You can see that we are thirsty.
And yet there is mercy, because despite the increasing number of dead leaves on the vine, these little guys keep finding a way to burst forth  in my garden {though the skins are a little thick and tough}.


{my thick-skinned cupid tomatoes}

I know it's not just my piece of earth that's cracked and dry. I saw thousands of miles or dry earth on our epic road trip.

{West Texas...middle-o-nowhere}

Yet beauty finds a way...in a town where it hasn't rained for an entire year.


{Prickly Pear cactus in Fort Stockton, Texas}

As I consider the small cracks around my house, I'm reminded of the largest crack in the entire earth...which also happens to be the most breathtakingly beautiful thing I've ever seen.

{The Grand Canyon, Kaibab Trail}

I'm still trying to process God's majestic display of beauty in the middle of a desert. Words escape me. {More photos to come soon!} And so on this dry day in Houston with no rain in sight, I sing and pray some more:
But maybe not, not today
Maybe You'll provide in other ways 
And if that's the case... 
We'll give thanks to You
With gratitude
For lessons learned in how to thirst for You
How to bless the very sun that warms our face
If You never send us rain.
And yes, He has provided another way. To add some levity to yet another rainless day, He has provided something good to drink...

{Stag's Leap Cabernet}

This was one of our favorites from the trip. {My husband stocked the RV with incredible wines in exchange for my Dad buying the gas. I think we got the better end of that deal!} And would you believe this wine was on sale today at Central Market? And that I just happened to be there meeting my husband for lunch today? What a gift!

I'm off to enjoy a glass in our sitting room...with my husband...while the girls are with grandparents. The only thing that would make it more perfect: the sound of thunder, long and loud. Lord, send some rain.

Happy Friday, Sweet Readers!

12 comments:

  1. i'm just the opposite. lord send some SUN! Please send some sun! It's grey and cloudy and RAINING this morning and I would be more than happy to bottle it up and ship it to you!!

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  2. Isn't it weird how one place can be soaked and another dry as a bone? I do hope you get some sun, sweet Lissa. It will help your garden grow! Xo!

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  3. Raining, ever so delicately here in Idaho. Beautiful, overcast, restful, rejuvenating. Love the lyrics you put in this post. I love, too how the harshness of the cracked landscape, the broken apart is BEAUTIFUL! Isn't He good?

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  4. Yes, Robyn, the broken apart is beautiful. Even I have been made more beautiful through brokenness. Thanks for reminding me!

    xo,
    Linsey

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  5. I'll agree with you in prayer, dear sister!
    Your post makes me think of One Thousand Gifts, the book I believe we are both reading/have read : )
    It's so true how you can find goodness in everything God.
    Enjoy your weekend!
    Tammy : )

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  6. I'm praying right along with you! We will probably enter Stage 3 drought restrictions tomorrow. Or aquifer the lowest they have ever seen it. I'm fearful for what that means for every one as I studied aquifers last semester and worry if the levels get too low the aquifer might become damaged and never be capable of reaching its full capacity again. Okay, enough with the worrying -- back to the praying :) Here's hoping we both get some rain soon -- love the pictures from your trip so far

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  7. love her! this is one of my favorite songs. ever. i can never listen without crying. not for the rain, but what she sings of metaphorically. we've had quite the opposite spring here. more rain than i can ever remember. more bugs too as a result. i'm praying it holds off this morning because my hubby has a bike ride planned with andrew. this week's forecast calls for it each and every day. wish I could send some your way. xo, tessa

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  8. Best song. I miss Texas thunderstorms. It rains a lot here, but no thunder. They depend on rain here for the reserves to live from, so this song always makes me think, literally and figuratively. Hoping you get some soon!

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  9. Funny how we pray for rain and when there's too much we pray for it to go away.

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  10. I am with you on this dryness in Houston. I am praying for rain too. I don't ever remember it hitting 100 in June, much less, May and especially with no rain.OK, God, you know what we need. Please send the rain!

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  11. How I long to send you some of our rain. We've had the last several nights of storms that have woke us up.
    I was just reading about Elijah and how he prayed for rain..when I read your words I thought of Elijah. I've missed visiting you. I took several days off of blogging so I am now catching up.
    an evening without kids and some wine...sounds so relaxing.
    praying for rain with you friend..much love
    xo

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  12. Come to southeastern Ohio and you can have all the rain you darn well please!

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