Hiking in the Rain

Wow, it has been a rainy week! I’ve noticed that a few things things happen when it steadily rains for several days in a row
-The grass grows much faster (mowing hills is hard)!
-My desire for a hot cup of coffee grows
-My kids get stir crazy after being cooped up in the house
Thankfully, I’m married to a person who constantly comes up with ideas for getting our kids’ energy out. Ideas like hiking in the rain. 
We explored the Sally’s Y trails by putting on rain boots and jackets and taking a rainy day hike. By the end we were soaked and smiling. I would highly recommend it. I’ve been thinking a lot about the weather. Some people love the rain and others crave only the sun. Yet weather is something we can’t control. So it seems fitting to just get out in it, regardless of how you may be feeling about it. 
There is a story in the Bible where Paul and Barnabas tell a crowd that God gives us the rain as a reminder of how God takes care of us. 
“Yet God has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” -Acts 14:17
The way rain nurtures the earth and helps crops to grow should be taken as a sign of the way God cares for his creation. As you watch the rain fall this week, say a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s care for us, and for all of his creation. And maybe, go for a hike. 
See you on Sunday!
-Pastor David
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