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Thankful for the Rain

We used to hate rain.

We woke up this morning to the plip plip plop plop of light rain hitting the windows. Since we’re on the the first floor of a condo complex, it doesn’t hit our roof, but the drainage pipe is right outside one of our living room windows. The water dumping from there onto the gravel and rocks makes it sound like it’s raining harder than it really is. Jordan woke up on the couch this morning. Amy in bed. He has trouble sleeping sometimes. He always has. Ever since he was a little boy. His mind races and races about this or that. Mostly work. Sometimes life, too. Only The West Wing on Netflix and a new place to sleep seems to help. When you don’t sleep well, the same place can be a prison if you stay too long.

We used to hate rain.

Anyways, back to the rain. Our windows were fogged. The sky was overcast. Both still are — to an extent — as we write this. We don’t turn the heater on in the winter, a habit we developed our first year of marriage when we were living on Amy’s $600 per week teacher’s salary and Jordan hadn’t yet secured his first teaching job after quitting law school. Thankfully, we have good insulation. As we each opened our eyes, we did what we do in the morning: reached for our phones. Amy laid on her side as the screen lit up her face.

In fairness, she almost always reads Jesus Calling first and then rewards herself with Instagram. Jordan’s an admittedly less ardent Bible reader and prayer warrior. Something he’s working on. Amy’s good at gently nudging him, encouraging him, without being too forceful. Good wives are. He, on his back (still on the couch) checked the news. First national. Then local. He’s loved current events and politics since he can remember and knows the lineup of government officials better than most people know the lineup of their favorite team.

Once up, around 7:30, much earlier than normal (maybe it was the rain? or the sound of cats stealing ornaments off the tree again.) Jordan rolled off the couch. Cold. It’s a rare under-forty kind of day right now in normally warm, sunny Arizona. He opened the blinds to let what light existed in the morning darkness in, turned on the Christmas tree, lit a gingerbread-scented candle, and started making coffee. A latte for her. French press for him. Black. He’d gone to bed in a funk. Not mad. Certainly not with her. Just… in a funk. For some reason feeling unsettled. Unsatisfied. A little lost even, maybe. Can you relate? He couldn’t pin down exactly what it was. Just a lot of things. Swirling. Causing trouble within him. Then, the morning. And the rain. First, the morning. Since Jordan was little, whenever he wasn’t quite right at night, his mom always reminded him, “Things always look better with the morning.” And that’s true. But, for us, for the past two and half years, things have always looked better not just with morning… but with morning rain.

We hadn’t shaken the shackles of where we were and exchanged them for the freedom of where we wanted to be.

As elementary school teachers, morning rain meant a few things. One, crazy kids. Rain (and a full moon) just does that to little ones. Two, no outside recess. Thus, three, even crazier kids. It was a vicious cycle that any elementary school teacher can relate to. What did no recess mean for adults? Recess. In the classroom. Keeping twenty-five balls of energy inside with us. All. Day. Long. It’d be fair to say it felt as much like a prison to them as it did to us. Those were some of the hardest days as teachers. Without a doubt. That’s
why we hated rain. Especially in the morning. Because, almost 1,000 days ago, rain represented restriction. When we woke up hearing it, each tap, each drop, each plip plip and plop plop reminded us that we hadn’t shaken the shackles of where we were and exchanged them for the freedom of where we wanted to be: full-time wedding photographers. We’d hit snooze. Again. And again. Hiding under the covers from the day — and the world — hoping neither would come if we closed our eyes hard enough.

Not because our life was terrible. It wasn’t. We were blessed to be doing work that mattered. It was just our time to go and make room for someone whose passion for the classroom matched ours for the camera. This morning, though, when we woke up, we smiled and sprang out of bed. Currently, we’re bundled up on the couch, working from our laptops, listening to Josh Groban’s Christmas album, drinking warmth and feeling it in our hearts, too, because the rain doesn’t represent restriction anymore. It doesn’t make us feel tired or trapped. It reminds us that harvests can only be reaped through sowing.. and rain’s a part of that.

So, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, no matter how hard it’s pouring on your life or career, smile at the rain even if you don’t want to; because the rain always comes from God and it always grows something. Even when we don’t know what it is yet.

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  1. Jill Gum says:

    Oh I LOVE this honest and real encouragement…absolutely beautiful writing, as always, but much more importantly, thanks for telling a story that MATTERS and that we need to hear! In the middle of that sowing right now of my own teaching career…and the mist is thick!

    • Amy & Jordan says:

      Jill. You’re so, so welcome, friend. We’re so glad it hit right where it needed to and plan to keep writing as long as awesome people like you are reading 🙂

  2. Sara O'Hara says:

    Oh, you guys always know how to speak right to my heart! My rain looks a little (or a LOT) like snow today. But the feelings are the same. Thanks for speaking life into all of us with your honesty and your own story! Love you guys!

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