You may be familiar with the song that says “rainy days and Mondays always get me down”. Great song, but a horrible message. Personally I love the rain. Perhaps it’s because I grew up as a desert rat in Ridgecrest. Or perhaps it’s because it refreshes and renews everything. One of my favorite songs we do for worship at Celebrate Recovery on Friday nights is the Mercy Me song “Bring the Rain”. In it the author talks about the fact that people will question how we can still put our faith and trust in God when so much mayhem is going on in the world around us. This question truly is ridiculous. God is the creator of everything. With the good comes the counterbalancing of the bad. We aren’t promised that every day will be peaches and cream once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. On this side of Heaven, we aren’t promised much other than persecution and death! However, salvation is a long position. I need to stay determined and ride out the storms that will come, but beyond riding these things out, I try to focus on the fact that each storm that brings more rain also brings a replenishing of life. It isn’t always pleasant, but it is necessary. So as I look out and see the rain on this blustery Monday morning in Ridgecrest, I will remind myself that it’s a new day on a new week and spring is coming. Enjoy!