I have complained at least 10 times a day for the past few weeks about the constant rain. The pool is overflowing, our road is flooded, the grass is growing too fast, baseball games cancelled, and my hair turns into a frizzy hot mess!
Then this morning it hit me....
Water. A necessity but a scarcity for so many. Walking hours just to fetch water.
And then only having the amount that you can carry on your head.
Sometimes just a trickle of water coming out of the source.
Most not having a simple rain barrel.
Washing clothes and dishes conserving every drop of water.
In Haiti we have a school that has grown from 40 students 5 years ago to 300 children currently and there was not a way to catch the rain until recently. We had a cistern built but no gutters.
Then we built a gutter system.
The cistern had been empty for months but we waited and prayed for rain.
The team was ecstatic about the new gutters but still no rain. We waited and prayed for rain.
Then it came and it did not stop. And we hoped it wouldn't. In that moment, we knew the importance of the rain. That is sustains life. That it is essential to living. We were not thinking about the inconveniences of the rain or the slippery mountain mud that we would have to endure after the storm. We were only grateful for the fresh drops of cool rain that poured from the sky. We were content and not complaining.
We knew the blessing of the rain.
And the next day the community had water in the cistern that saved them a 3 hour round trip hike to the water source.
So today I have a new attitude about the rain. As I see it come down, I think about my friends in Haiti who count on it to survive. To boil their rice, to drink a few sips, and wash their few bowls and forks.
I pray one day every single person in our village in Haiti has a rain barrel.
I am hopeful that my inconveniences won't consume my thoughts but that I would be radically changed because I have seen the need. Once you have seen you can't stay the same. I slip into my little pity parties and God drags me out and reminds me that there is work to be done and there is no time for being consumed with what does not matter for eternity.
Bring on the rain.