That was not exactly what I thought would be the original rhyme, but then again I always think of Bobby Vinton singing, “Rain, rain go away, come again some other day; rain, rain go away bring my love a sunny day…” well, I must admit I like Bobby Vinton’s version better. As I did some research I found the history of how that nursery rhyme started, it was during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, when the Spanish Armada in 1588 was sent to invade England. The Armada had a fleet that numbered over 130 ships. The English fleet only had 34 small Navy vessels and 163 armed merchant ships. But the great Spanish Armada was defeated. Only 65 Spanish galleons and just 10,000 men returned to Spain. The attempt failed, not only because the English fleet was swifter, but because of the stormy weather that scattered the Spanish fleet, so the rhyme was said in celebration of the defeat of the Spanish Armada.
Another favorite spring rain poem is; “April showers bring May flowers”, how many of us said this little rhyme when we were little?
April showers bring May flowers, That is what they say.
But if all the showers turned to flowers, We’d have quite a colourful day!
There’d be bluebells and cockleshells, Tulips red and green,
You’d see tiger lilies and water lilies, The brightest you’ve ever seen.
So why the reminiscing of our favorite little nursery rhymes? This year we have had April showers that have been more like the rhyme, “Rain, rain go away… “So far this year the rain fall in my home in Pennsylvania is 8” above average this year and it is only April. At this rate our May flowers may well be Water Lilies! Why, I think our local ducks have left as well, looking for drier ground. My dear friend Debbie who lives in Scotland is no stranger to rain. Every now and then I get an email how she has grown gills and fins or she writes she needs to buy flippers just to get around. Now that is a lot of rain!
So although we had a beautiful break in the rain today, before the next front comes to bring yet more rain, I can be thankful that God provides us with the water we need to survive. I recently read that our bodies can survive up to 14 days without water and up to 4 weeks without food depending on conditions like weight, temperature and exertion. We need water not only to drink for survival but for the food we need to grow to sustain our earthly bodies.
How we need rain that provides water for our human bodies, reminds me of Jesus telling the Samaritan woman about the Living Water, that only comes through Him for eternal life in John 4:13. We are like the Samaritan woman in many ways, thirsting after things that will quench the emptiness in our souls. Only to find those things do not quench our thirst and we are still empty. We find ourselves thirsty for God and end up without realizing it that we are searching in all the wrong places for fulfillment, such as tv, computer, iphones, ipads, etc… to name a few, putting us in a spiritual drought. We may have all this world can offer; things (we don’t need), power, the latest gadgets, the biggest homes, yet we are still unfulfilled. We are a generation longing for nourishment for our souls. Jesus had a message for the Samaritan women at the well, and for us today; as long as we continued to drink from a worldly well – seeking things that are not from God but from the world, we would always be thirsty. So just as God our heavenly Father provides rain to nourish our bodies, Jesus His Son give us Living Water to nourish our souls, so that we will never thirst again.
John 4:13 “…Everyone who drinks this water I give him will never thirst…the water I give will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”