Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head!

I’ve just got this vision playing in my mind, that takes place about 20 years from now.  I am 60 years old, carrying my 25 year old Sketch,who won’t step foot in the rain.  I’m wondering how that is going to work?

I am sure he’ll come to tolerate the rain a bit better by then than he does now, but at this point, his total disgust and fear of the rain is getting worse, not better!

Today I was coming home from taking him to OT, and the darkened skies opened wide, spilling it’s heavy rains to the earth.

When we got home, Sketch wanted just one thing:  to be in the house where it was dry.  There was just one problem with this what-should-be easily solved problem. He has to get though the torrential downpour that is blocking his way between the car and the house.

At first he wouldn’t even come near the car door.  When I opened it, with the umbrella in hand, he backed up away from the open-to-the-dreaded-rain door.  He was not ready to face his fear head-on….or, head under, as the case may be!

“Come on, Sketch, I’ll carry you!  See?  I have an umbrella to keep you dry. It will be ok!”

“Are you all done? AHHHHH!”

“Sketch, it’s ok, I’ll carry you in and keep you dry!  Then you can get your blue blanket (his favorite thing)”

“Ahhh!  All Done!” Sketch screams and cries in objection.

It took about 5 minutes of convincing him that it is safe, and worth it, to let me carry him in.  He screamed all the way… I’m sure the 4 steps to the porch and 4 stair-steps up to the door seemed to be more like 4 miles long, with each inch looming with the potential disaster of getting wet…of having “spots” on his shirt…of his shoes having a darker shade of leather than they did before…or…here’s the worst…wet hair!

But, it didn’t happen.  I kept him dry, just as I promised…all the while getting my own feet wet from walking in puddles since I couldn’t see the way while carrying him…my back was spotted with rain drop stains, my shoulders sore from attempting to coordinate the umbrella and Sketch at the same time.  But Sketch, he was ok.

Except, he didn’t think he was.

If I thought he was screaming before, it was just a minor whimper in comparison to what came next.  Now that he’s in the house and dry & safe, he lets loose with the high pitch alarm sounding scream…the one usually reserved for severe pain or terror!

Ignoring his screams, I sit with him by the fire place to get warm and dry.  I grab a extra-comfortable quilted blanket with a rainbow colored sunburst in the center, and wrap it around us both.

He giggles.

I squeeze, and he giggles in relief, again.

I just hold him and warm him and give him squeezes of pressure & hugs that make him feel safe.  (I really don’t mind this part at all!)

We cuddle by the fire, feeling safe from the dangers outdoors.

Sometimes we have a storm in our lives, or a dreaded event, or something we just don’t like.  And we have to endure it to get to the promised land of comfort & safety. And just like I carried Sketch in the house, God offers to guide and protect us as well, while we “walk through the valley of the shadow of death”  We don’t need to fear any evil, for “your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

And even though we may be absolutely dreading the path we have to take, and it takes all we have to make that first step out of the door into the arms of God (who’s holding us under a really big umbrella), God is there and He carefully takes us to the other side.  God takes the rain on his own shoes and back.  “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

And once we are safe… we may still feel a bit traumatized by the whole thing.  We may still want to throw our fit and scream:  “Did it really have to happen THAT way God???  Couldn’t you magically get me here from the car while avoiding the rain???”

And God comes, and takes us by the warm fire of his presence, re-assures us with his Word, and wraps us with the Holy Spirit like a blanket, and comforts us.  And we relax. And we may giggle at how silly we were about the magic tricks, or the situation we dreaded so much but just turned out to be no big deal in comparison to God. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)

Often at the point of finally relaxing, we want to just move on. To get up and start doing things that need to be done.  But I encourage you to follow Sketch’s example and to not do that.  Treasure the moment. Stop by the fire place and rest, soak in the love of our incredible Savior.  Rest in the presence of God, absorb the Words of God and soak in the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

It’s still raining outside here in Maine, and maybe it is still raining where you are too. Maybe you are about to take that first step out of the car to make the journey to the other side, and to you I say:

Fear not, the God of the universe is waiting to take you safely over, hand-in-hand, or perhaps by carrying you all the way.


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10 Comments

  1. Delene said,

    October 6, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Thru the eyes of a faithful Mom………

  2. Merri Lewis said,

    October 6, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Thanks Delene!

  3. fiona2107 said,

    October 7, 2010 at 4:19 AM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your writing Merri!
    You are so inspiring and remind me to look to God for everything I need
    Thank you 🙂
    Fi

  4. Merri Lewis said,

    October 7, 2010 at 7:19 AM

    You are welcome! And, thank you!

  5. October 10, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    Maybe you should get one of those giant inflatable bubbles — you could just roll him into the house.

    • Merri Lewis said,

      October 10, 2010 at 9:34 PM

      Ha ha! I actually wanted one of those…now I have an excuse to get it 🙂

      • October 11, 2010 at 9:15 AM

        I second the giant bubble proposal. I always wanted one too- to appreciate how life would be as a giant hamster. Also, it would be easier than moving to the desert. Sorry your guy doesn’t like rain as we move into the wet season. 😦

      • Merri Lewis said,

        October 11, 2010 at 9:18 AM

        Thanks!! It would be fun to learn about hamsters that way :0) I’m all for it! We actually got him some cute Frog Boots and matching umbrella, since he LOVES the B-O-O-T-S! Song by the Laura Berkner Band. He was Sooo excited to wear them and stomp in them. However, it hasn’t rained yet since we got them. I think we’ll be practicing in the bathtub/shower for a while :0)

  6. betsy said,

    October 11, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Awww…what a great post! I can relate to so much of this having triplets with autism. yet, mine are nonverbal and it’s hard to have a one-way conversation. 🙂 We special moms are so giving, so strong, and so loving, aren’t we? I think we are super!! Thanks for commenting on my blog so I could come over and find you! 🙂 xxoo

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