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Rain doesn’t care about our plans and objectives. It rains when it rains and no amount of frustration changes this reality. There is great wisdom in learning how to dance with the rain.

We were created to make things happen and we spend most of our days busily trying to accomplish one task after another.

And, to be sure, our relentless pursuit brings much good. We provide for our families, diligently solve the problems that come our way, and do our small part in building a better culture that blesses generations to come.

But sometimes it rains and all our well-made plans are disrupted.

Perhaps a natural disaster strikes, the economy crashes, or we get sick with an illness we cannot seem to shake.

There remains a chaos and mystery to life beyond our ability to predict and control.

And while our attempts to bring order to chaos is good – carving out a settlement in the midst of the wilderness for our little kingdom to thrive – we must also keep a healthy respect for the wildness of life that will not be tamed.

And it’s this respect that allows us to dance with the rain – to learn the art of when to yield and when to press forward.

This requires much wisdom to discern.

Some seasons will call for us to simply enjoy the rain – to shift out of our constant doing and learn to enjoy what is, relishing in the infinite beauty, intimacy, and connection available.

And other seasons will call for us to adjust our expectations, craft umbrellas, and create new ways to accomplish what God has called us to do even in the midst of the rain.

Either way, we’re accepting the uncontrollable reality of the rain and learning to dance with it.

This brings peace and renewed creativity instead of resignation and despair.

Expect the rain and learn to dance.

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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