Sunshine after Rain is Happy Like Smiles After Tears



This post has been updated from my former blog where it was published in July, 2015.


It is a Sunday afternoon in July as I write this. The rain is coming down hard and fast. The trees are dancing in the wind with the accompaniment of the melodic chimes. I’m relaxing in a recliner in the living room enjoying the view from my front window.


There is something peaceful about the rain. Its steady rhythm as it beats down on the roof is somehow soothing. Sitting here I can lean back and close my eyes listening to the sound, letting my mind wander wherever it will.


Rain is a good thing.

It brings refreshment to a sun-soaked earth, quenching the thirst of our tomato plants and corn and wild blackberries. It brings in cooler air to give a little relief from the heat. The tree trunks become a richer brown while the leaves boast a vivid green. The colors stand out all the more with the background of a gray sky.


sunshine after rain

I’m thankful for the rain even though it sometimes interferes with outdoor plans. It can also make visibility poor while driving. Rivers have been known to rise and cause flooding which in turn may damage houses and crops.


It’s interesting to think about how rain can be both nourishing and destructive. In small amounts it provides the water that earth and its inhabitants need. On the other hand, when it rains for days it can cause all kinds of problems.

Isn’t most of life like that?

Almost any activity that is helpful can also be harmful. The key is to figure out how much we need and how much is too much, which isn’t always easy. Even when we carefully plan our activities, life seems to throw some surprises our way. I had planned to be at home most of last week, because I knew we’d be tired from traveling over the weekend.


All of a sudden, my schedule became full and I wondered if I could manage it all.


There was something every single day except for one. Each event involved family, and although sometimes I can decline, this week it all seemed necessary. I found that by taking one day at a time, I was able to get through each activity and also find times to rest. I did pray for wisdom, and I believe God gave me the strength needed to follow through with each event.


After our travels early one week, we came home and attended a birthday party for a grandson turning six. It would have been easy to stay home and not make the 1 1/2 hour trip, but we didn’t want to disappoint him. We had a wonderful time as we celebrated together. It was like sunshine after rain!


We ended the week with a cookout and fireworks at home with some of my children and grandchildren. The time spent laughing together, seeing the excitement of the children with the fireworks, eating hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream cones, and enjoying the fellowship, brought about a sense of happiness and peace, even though I was tired beforehand.


One family spent the night, and when I asked my 9 1/2 year old granddaughter what she would like to have for breakfast, this was her answer, Let’s have pancakes and I will help you like I always do! Of course, I had to grant her request. Ever since she was a toddler she has helped me make pancakes whenever they would visit. We all enjoyed them drenched with real maple syrup.




Now the rain has stopped as quickly as it began, and the sun is shining brightly. It reminds me that after darkness, there will always be light. We have had some sad events and some ongoing struggles, but even through them there are glimpses of light. God is faithful. He uses friends who pray with us, love with us and laugh with us to bring us closer to Him and each other.


Sunshine after rain is like a smile after tears.


After the rain I walked around outside and thought about Psalm 30:5 where we read, …Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.

sunshine after rain

This post has been updated from my former blog where it was published in July, 2015.

2 thoughts on “Sunshine after Rain is Happy Like Smiles After Tears

  1. I’m so glad that God stirred your heart to re-post these words, Gayl. It is so easy to become overwhelmed by the rain & storms around us. But God will bring fresh joy to us in the morning with His own sunshine. Thank you for reminding us of the sweetness of His promises. Bkessings, love, and hugs Dear sister.

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