From Rev. Brock Patterson
"A Little Rain Must Fall"
Hello Chapel family! I pray that you are safe and healthy this week!
Is it cooler where you live? On the island, it's a little cooler, but the temperatures are still exceeding 90 degrees. For those of you who live in less tropical climates, the evenings can often supply your ground with some much-needed, temperature relief, even if just for a little while. You'll have to trust me on this one: your evening temperatures make all the difference in the world.
In the tropics, it's always hot in the summer, even during nighttime. Since the roads and sidewalks never cool down in the evenings, the heat from each previous day is still lingering when each new day begins. It's a perpetual cycle and the ground never has a chance to recover. It's similar to setting the oven at 350 degrees and never turning it off.
However, there is hope in something: The rain. Though most of us are a bit tired of the September rain in South Florida, the rain is providing us with some much-needed temperature relief. Sure, we are losing part of each day due to some unpopular weather, but during the rest of the day, I am finding that it is much more comfortable. The rain is cooling the streets and sidewalks, as well as helping our grass and foliage to stay lush and green.
I'm learning that a little rain needs to fall each day. If it was always sunny and bright outside, our tires would have melted on the roads long ago. Instead, since a little rain is falling each day, I'm able to better appreciate the tropical sun, swaying palm trees, and ocean breeze. I'm not suffering, by any definition and I ain't singing the blues, either.
A little rain is a good thing. Find a way to enjoy it! (Of course, this article is supposed to be a metaphor for life. However, if it also makes you feel sorry for those of us who live on the island full-time, then that's just an accident.)
Stay safe and healthy!