Originally posted July 20, 2016
Houston is not in a drought, but a few weeks of bright heat can drive away all memories of a very damp spring. So I'm happy to report that yesterday and the day before, it rained, and I was around to see it. Which leads me to the topic of rain. In building this site, I searched all over for a good rain quote - one that extolled rain's virtues without getting too philosophical, one that didn't use rain as a harbinger of bad tidings. It was a harder task than I thought it would be. Finally, I settled on the one you see, but that was after an afternoon of searching. Why do we have such hostility to rain? Perhaps it is because British literature has influenced us so drastically, and the Brits don't always give rain due credit, though they write about it a lot.
I then turned to song. This is what I came up with:
"Blame it on the rain"
"Rain, rain, go away"
"Who'll stop the rain?"
"Raindrops are falling on my head"
"The rain keeps falling down"
No luck there.
Why do we have a love-hate relationship with rain, but we don't have it with the sun? Perhaps it's because of that verse, "It rains on the just and the unjust" (Matt. 5:45). Rain is bad, and it will boldly dampen the hat of the just man. On the other hand, rain is necessary, especially in Palestine. Maybe Jesus didn't mean it as a negative after all. Incidentally, there's a Wikipedia article on Matt. 5:45 that supports this perspective.
So in the words of Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw, bring on the rain. Because in the rain, the pavement shines like silver.