Years ago the easy listening duo, The Carpenters, had a hit song “Rainy Days and Mondays” in which lead singer, Karen Carpenter, lamented there was nothing to do but frown because rainy days and Mondays “always get me down”.
Sometimes we get the blues, go into a funk, get down in the dumps, feel blah and so on. I’ve learned that it is okay to lean into that feeling. I become still and curl up on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea – especially on rainy days.
I’m a farmer’s wife. Rainy days on the farm are days for little projects that got pushed to the bottom of the list to be completed. Or rainy days provide the excuse for my husband to “shut down” for the day. Relax. Take a nap.
Rainy days remind us to slow down, take a breath and listen to the drizzling rain on the leaves of the trees. As the trees are nourished and refreshed by the rain, may we be reminded it is Creation and all within it which nourishes and refreshes us.
Sometimes the best thing to do when it’s raining is to let it rain.
How do you spend rainy days? What gets you “down”? How do you pray with those feelings? What does it mean for you to “let it rain when it is raining”?