Bible Study, Encouragement

Why does the rain soothe the soul?

Reflections of why the rain soothe’s the soul.

My plan was to run out this morning; go and get my nails done, stop at the store, and take care of general busyness. While I sipped on my coffee preparing for the morning in my favorite spot on the sofa, the skies grew dark and thunder began to roll. Suddenly the bright bolts of lightning illuminated the sky on after another. And then the rain came down.

What I planned to be a morning of busyness was transformed into a morning of reflection and prayer. God put it on my heart to move into the office, and get to work. I’m incredibly blessed that work for me involves reading God’s Word and reflecting on the message He has for me – the message He has for me to share with others. Encourager, Bible teacher and author is what He has called me to for this season of life. 

As I opened the Word and began to pray that God would reveal His message to my heart, I listened to the rain begin to pound down on the windows beside my desk. My office filled with the sound of the tap tap tapping. I began to watch the rain run down the window panes and then directed my attention to Psalm 3. On the page was a reminder of all that God has spoken into me over the last several weeks. It was soothing and nourishing to my soul.

We have studied John 4 during corporate worship during the last few week. These last two have specifically been a study of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. Living Water. 

God began to move my heart with these beautiful thoughts – images of His grace, mercy, love, peace, and comfort.

Nourishment pours from the heaven to the earth in a rain shower. It is heavenly cleansing to wash away the dust and the dirt. 

New life springs forth by the showers of rain. Flowers break through the ground, leaves unroll from their winter slumber, and the parched soil finds satisfaction; but not for long. Soon the sun will rise and shine heating and drying the ground. Once again it will cry out to the heavens for water – a dry, cracked, thirsty ground.

The human soul, like the earth becomes dry, parched, and cracked. It too cries out for water. Like the earth, a drink of waters will satisfy thirst, but only temporarily. Once again it will thirst.

Oh, what Praise I can lift to God for there is water that can replenish and hydrate my soul for all eternity. Living Water. 

Living Water comes only from Jesus Christ. He owns it. It belongs to Him alone. It is a part of Him, it is His life, His blood, His purpose; yet He willingly shares with all who ask.

Salvation belongs to You Lord. Thank You for pouring it out, raining Your Living Water upon me when I called.

Because of Your great love, I have tasted Your Living Water and I will never thirst again.

To those who have not yet tasted and seen, Lord I pray that they will seek, ask, and partake. 

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13 thoughts on “Why does the rain soothe the soul?”

  1. “Nourishment pours from the heaven to the earth in a rain shower. It is heavenly cleansing to wash away the dust and the dirt.”

    I love this idea of cleansing rain. Thanks for encouraging! God bless!

  2. Today in coastal South Carolina, we have experienced rain on and off. In between those peaceful rain showers, the sun peeked through the clouds and brought joy to my heart. I love the sound of raindrops and I love the sunshine, too. 🙂

  3. I love the rain. 🙂 It’s such a soothing sound and a beautiful reminder of God’s power and refreshment in life. I love your words on how God nourishes and hydrates our souls!

  4. Hi Tonya,

    Sure sounds like weather for reflections and prayers.

    I’m glad you went to work and let us in on this topic because I feel encouraged whenever I’ve read one of your blog posts.

    BTW what is corporate worship?

    This part resonated with me:

    “Living Water comes only from Jesus Christ. He owns it. It belongs to Him alone. It is a part of Him, it is His life, His blood, His purpose; yet He willingly shares with all who ask.”

    God bless you and your ministry!
    Edna Davidsen.

    1. Hi Edna,
      Thank you for your comment. In response to your question, corporate worship in a gathering of the saints for the purpose of worshipping our Lord (typically on Sunday morning).

      I hope that answers your question!

      Tonya

  5. I love when it rains, I find it very soothing to the soul. I resonated with your statement on, “The human soul, like the earth becomes dry, parched, and cracked. It too cries out for water. Like the earth, a drink of water will satisfy thirst, but only temporarily.” It’s the same with our relationship with God. By constantly seeking God, we can provide nourishment to our dry and parched souls. We can’t depend on yesterday’s nourishment’s to last forever, at some point, just like a well, it will run dry, so we need to be constantly in the word.

    1. Living in the Word and filled with the Holy Spirit is so incredibly important in keeping our souls well watered and in step with The Father!

  6. This is a beautiful message. I love the water analogy as we definitely need to soak in the Word and all that God has to say to us. And to know that He will continue to feed our thirst forever. Lovely message!

    1. Thank you so much! Soak – Scripture, Observation, Application, Kneel. It is a Bible study method as well! Write the Scripture, what observations to do you find in the passage? How can you apply them to your life? Then get on your knees and pray!

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