March 15, 2012
I was in a bummer mood about this weather, and a few other things that were going on in my life, and happened to look out the window and see a beautiful blooming bush (have no idea what kind of bush so don't ask) and I was reminded of the old rhyme "April showers bring May flowers." Now I know it’s not April yet, but the rhyme cheered me up so I decided to look it up and found that it is a rhyme that dates back to the 1500s! It’s believed to be coined by a man named Thomas Tusser who practiced Husbandry (no it is not the practice of being a good husband). It is a word used to describe farming or raising animals or crops.
The original rhyme goes like this, "Sweet April showers, do spring May flowers." It is true in agriculture and it is true in life as well. It is the rain that waters the good seeds that have been planted; it is the storm that strengthens the roots in our life to keep us grounded; it is the winds that often blow us in a direction that we would not have gone otherwise.
Paul tells us, "For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen."
2 Corinthians 4:17-18.
So look through the rain and spot the flowering bush out there; it’s there — you can count on it.