We are at the beginning of rainy season here in Lilongwe, and it is glorious! Today has been a day of intermittent rains all day, and I have been reflecting on how the rain tends to turn everyone into a little kid again! The rain at this time of year is such a relief after a long season of dry and dusty days, you can almost feel the earth sighing at being watered once again. The leaves immediately perk up, and everything turns green practically overnight. It is truly magical.
Just today in this rain, I have observed kids across the street playing in a big muddy ‘pond’ with absolute joy and abandon, students saving hedgehogs from the drains on their way up to ballet, Norah screaming in delight out the screen door at the rain coming down, grown men (ahem, Dan) floating leaves, sticks and boats down the drain gulleys, and students running all over the academy slipping and sliding in the grass totally embracing being soaked and having an amazing time. As much as the earth needs it, so do our hearts! It is a tangible breath of fresh air, a relief from oppressive heat, and an opportunity to operate fully out of joy!
I love that here in Malawi the rains coming also marks the coming of Christmas. How great a comparison to relish in the joy of the rains in a dry and dusty land, just as we can celebrate the coming of our Savior to a dry and thirsty world! Truly “let us strive to know the Lord, His appearance is as sure as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rains that water the land.” (Hosea 6:3)
We are entering with joy into this holiday season! Truly we have so much to be thankful for. We will be spending our Christmas in Malawi this year, and while we are sad to be away from family, we are joyful to reflect on all the the Lord has done.