It’s raining. It’s been raining pretty steady for a few days now and although we’re told that June is the “wettest” month of the year for Albertans, we can’t help feeling a little worried. It’s on the hearts and minds of so many…the flood of 2013! In a way I wish the media would stop talking about it and as water levels rise, they seem to go into a frenzy speculating a repeat every year of 2013’s flood. Some consider that the worst flood in over one hundred years. One hundred years! If it took one hundred years before, why is everyone sure it’s going to happen every year?? Come on people, stop the fear-mongering already!
That said, the rain IS falling and as we plan outdoor activities, like camping and BBQ’s, the rain is a nuisance, a necessary nuisance to farmers and to my water-starved perennials, but a nuisance nevertheless.
My daughter and her husband celebrate their anniversary today and I remember so well the day they were married, June 18, 2005. On that day it rained…hard. I mean it poured! There was flooding that year too and we had to change wedding plans mid-stream (pardon-the-pun), as the rain prevented some guests from coming and the professional photos had to be taken indoors rather than outdoors. Despite the rain, it was a lovely ceremony and a lovely celebration! Of course my daughter would have loved the day to go as she had planned it, perfectly…including the weather, but the rain did not dampen our spirits one bit!
My husband and I were married in June as well, and it rained the morning of our wedding too! Again, it was a lovely day, despite starting off a little wet. In fact, in both my case and my daughter’s case, the sun did peek out for our receptions and we have wonderful memories of our wedding days.
So, I look out the window, see the rain falling and my thoughts are not on the falling rain, but on making more summer memories. Yes, I know after flooding and the aftermath of that, people seem to be in crisis mode. I get that. For the good citizens in Bragg Creek, High River, Exshaw, Calgary, Black Diamond and more…high water levels can cause concern but my prayer is that it will be another one hundred years or more before we see anything like we saw in 2013.
I’m praying for beautiful, sunny weather for all the summer weddings coming up in June through August. I’m praying that all the couples who marry this summer will build their married lives securely anchored to the Rock. That they will build their homes on solid spiritual foundations that will weather any storm that life may throw at them.
“”Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25