Monday, February 4, 2013

The Rain is Like Stars

For weeks, my five year old son, Jeremy and I planned our fishing trip to Lake Keowee, South Carolina.  I purchased him his first rod and reel and we talked about the fish we might catch there.  I was excited and looking forward to taking Jeremy on his first fishing trip.

The weather had other plans.  When we arrived the clouds were thick and gray and rain was falling.  I knew that our weekend of fishing was probably ruined.  I felt disappointed and angry.

We walked out onto the pier.  Jeremy was looking down at the water.  I thought he looked dejected.

“Look, Daddy,” he said.

“What is it?”  I asked.

“The rain.”

“What about it?”  

“The rain is like stars,” he said.

“Like stars?”

“Yeah.  See it when it hits the water?”

And sure enough the raindrops, as they fell into the water, did look like stars.

I put my arm around him and all of the disappointment and anger I was feeling melted away.  And we stood on the pier and watched the rain turn into stars on the surface of the lake.

Peace and contentment and wonder can be found even in the rain.

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