Saturday, March 17, 2012

Rain and hail


Narlin and I were on the truck. While driving I looked at the side mirrors and noticed that the sky behind us was very dark while the horizon in front of us was still relatively bright. Then the wind started to blow, gently at first and eventually became violently strong. The road that were usually clean were instantly covered with leaves and tree branches. It was scary. People were running on the road and the shops were closing.

We noticed the changes in the weather a week ago. Before last week, it was usually cold most of the day except when you were out under the sun at noon time. The temperature drastically changed to hot and humid. This is also the time of the year when the mountains caught fire because the farmers are burning the rice fields.

The smoke from the mountain combined with the dust from the on-going building constructions around are forming thick dark haze that hang on the sky. It has been there for almost a month. So we were actually for the rain to fall but not the hail. The rain and consewuently the hail fell down quickly. Inside the truck, the dropping ice hit the roof and windshield sounded deafeningly loud. We were afraid that the ice would dent the car and break the windshield. But fortunately, the ice balls were not big enough to do any damage and it stopped as quickly it had started.

The rain was good but not long enough to wash away the haze. Nonetheless, it is washed away some of haze and it is good for us. We are praying for more rain to come sooner so that we can enjoy fresh and clean air onec again.

Lord we are praying for more rain. As you reminds us from your word in Zechariah 10:1 that we should "ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people, and plants of the field to everyone." Thank you Lord rain. Sometimes we take it for granted but we believe you send rain to remind us that you're the one who gives life and sustains it. Thank you for your love.

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