Trying to Stop the Rain
The title of this month’s newsletter has nothing to do with the weather we experience in Washington. It is based on a song by one of my favorite music groups, Third Day. This is one of those songs that I heard, but never really listened to. That was until my wife asked me what I thought of when it was playing.
Being a man, I of course replied with the simplest, and probably shallowest, response...the weather. I have since played it over and over again on my way to work and again on my way home. The lyrics are very simple—”I can’t stop the rain from falling down on you again.” Now when I actually listen and think about how it applies to my life, it almost makes me cry.
The rain in this song is a metaphor for the bad things that can and do exist in the world. As parents and educators, we are always very concerned, and understandably so, about all the rain (bad things) that could fall on our children. It is a very human reaction to an everyday issue. Because, let’s face it, there is a lot of rain out there. But what we need to face as parents and as humans is that we cannot stop the rain. We can try all we want, but it is not humanly possible to do so.
Rain is going to happen. The song refers to the human response: we wonder if we should find a place to run and hide...hiding is such a lonely thing to do. We might be indoors, we might have umbrellas, we might have a coat that we can pull over our heads temporarily. Regardless of whether or not we are able to hide, the rain will come, it will fall, we’ll get wet, that’s life!
It is not all doom and gloom, though. We must realize that the rain falling is not the end of the world, and we will dry up eventually. What we need to remember is all of the wonderful things that eventually come from the rain. Literally, we have new growth, refreshment, and the birth of new things. Figuratively speaking, we learn lessons from going through the difficult and painful experiences in life. We grow as humans, change as people, and learn from the bad, sometimes more than we learn from the good.
Another human reaction to the rain and bad things is to assume that it is somehow our fault and that we are to blame. If only we had that much power. As the song states, “When the storm fades you know that rain must fall on everyone.” It is important to realize that we are not alone in facing the rain.
What the song and I will leave you with is this: We can’t stop the rain from falling, but we can hold those we love until it goes away. And that is the most anyone can ask for. We are only human after all.