Sometimes You Need Rain
This summer has been very dry. And hot.
To a lot of people, that's probably just a typical summer. After all, I do live in the southern United States. However, to my garden, it meant trouble.
Last year, I ended up picking over 40 pints of green beans. This year, I've only picked about 27. They started off doing great, but then when it got so hot and dry, the plants decided to stop. The cucumbers started off looking good, but never actually produced anything. Even with us watering every night. And it took a long time for the tomatoes and watermelon vines and pumpkin vines and sunflowers to make much headway, too.
I was about to give up.
That being said, the last few weeks, we've gotten several inches of rain. Sometimes, we got it all in one day. Or a little every day of a week. And it's been so nice, despite the higher humidity.
My plans have enjoyed it, too. The green beans have bloomed again, putting out more beans. The sunflowers are taller and showing their sunny flowers. The tomato plants are almost as tall as the sunflowers now. And the pumpkin vine has grown all the way out of its garden box.
So many days we complain and grumble about the weather being rainy or wet. It ruins plans or puts us in a bad mood or just makes it hard to get things done because of the wet everywhere.
But without rain, things can be just as bad if not worse. Because the ground and plants need that moisture to grow.
Just like in our lives, if we only have sunshine and clear skies, it might be more peaceful and happy. But it can also weaken our faith, just like a lack of rain weakens plants. Storms are no fun, but they do help us become stronger.
So, as I harvest a few more pints of green beans and hopefully pick enough tomatoes to make at least one batch of salsa, I will also remind myself that when other storms come in my life, I need to look for whatever good will grow out of them, too.
Do you like a good rain? How has your summer gone?
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