For I know the Lord is great,
that our Lord is high above all gods.
The Lord does whatever he wills,
in heaven, on earth, in the seas.
He summons clouds from the ends of the earth;
makes lightning produce the rain;
from his treasuries he sends forth the wind.
~Psalm 135 Friday, April 13, 2010, Evening Prayer
It rained this week. It was the first real rain we'd had in a long, long time. It was as if God was sending us a heavenly cleansing.
Another symbolism of rain is one of sadness or trial. Evening Prayer for Friday also tells us to rejoice in our trials. Very hard to do. It is very difficult when our faith is tested, but scripture tells us that it leads to maturity.
My brothers and sisters, count it pure joy when you are involved in every sort of trial. Realize that when your faith is tested this makes for endurance. Let endurance come to its perfection so that you may be fully mature and lacking in nothing.