In comparison to yesterday afternoon, today’s ugly and dreary. It’s drizzling, overcast and, here in Foster City, it’s windy. The old adage “April showers brings May flowers” is true for today, and I can’t wait to see what will spring to life next month.
And I’m not just referring to nature and pretty, flowery things either.
There are times in our lives where we experience weather similar to today’s or worse. Graying clouds that block the warmth of the sun, winds that wrecks havoc, and rain that threatens to drown you can make your outlook bleak. And sometimes this period of our life weighs so heavily on us we can’t see it getting it any better. We’re so focused on the blackening skies that dampen our existence we fail to see the sun peeking over the horizon, hope in its rays as it begins to push back the clouds.
These times could be considered the “April Showers” of our lives. They’re trying. They leave us wanting sun and warmth.
But the “May Flowers” can’t happen without “April Showers.” Whether we like it or not, the rainy seasons of our lives help to grow us afterwards. Yes, too much rain can do substantial damage to the crops being planted in us, but too much sun can dry us out, instantly killing what’s trying to grow within us. The rain and the sun balance each other out. They both offer elements we need to grow strong and healthy.
If you’re in that April season of your life, don’t lose hope. All of that crazy weather that seems to beating you down will benefit you once the sun breaks through. Your May season is coming.
If you’re in that May season of your life, remember to nourish the new growth in your life. Don’t neglect it just because it looks green. Water it, help it grow.
Wherever you are in life, your season serves a purpose. The purpose is to grow.