By: Janna Adams
Today, it rained.
It straight down-poured, actually, but this summer shower was a little different than the dark thunderstorms that loom over us with their menacing clouds: this rain hit the ground in pure sunlight.
I walked to my car in the hot air of summer, not a sign of a storm in sight, and as I rounded the corner in my forest green Jeep Liberty, little spots began to appear on my windshield. And suddenly, it was drizzling. And then it was raining. And then it was a monsoon. But the sun never hid behind the clouds, never wallowed in the rain’s bad attitude; it just hung there, beaming down on me, and I couldn’t help but grin wildly.
I had such a feeling of comfort during this sun-shower. The presence of light is enough to alter a mood, change a situation, and create something completely exhilarating. I felt so enthralled by the beauty of nature and so lucky to have witnessed such a unique moment when the sun and the rain decided to share the sky.
I think it’s important to consider the light in our own lives and whether or not we allow it to shine through. Do we find the good in the sometimes frustrating? Can we take a moment to look around and remember just how lucky we are, how fortunate our situation may be in comparison to others? Light is a gift, and it can do wonders if we stop in the midst of its rays and soak it up.
As I rounded the corner of my neighborhood to a Stop sign, right before the monsoon began, I found myself staring right at a fully-formed rainbow in the sky in front of me. By definition, rainbows are seen when the sun is behind us and the falling rain is in front of us. They are rare enough to be admired, in my opinion, so I snapped a quick photo and took a second to appreciate the product of a little rain and sun. Maybe it will help to remind me that a little light can make even a a monsoon feel like a miracle.