Rain and Marriage
What a marvelous day we had yesterday; we received a downpour of rain in the midst of a drought. It was wonderful waking up to the swooshing sound of the wind and rain pounding on the roof as well as the cracking of thunder in the air.
Contrast that with today in which the morning was overcast, but by the afternoon the sun was shining gloriously.
What does this have to do with marriage, you may ask? Well, when I worked as a physical therapist, I had the pleasure of getting to know numerous patients and their spouses who had been married well over 50 years. I always made it a point to ask, “What’s your secret to a long-lasting marriage?” I received many typical responses and some humorous ones. I wish I had written them all down, but over the years, there was one response that stood out. One response that was simple, yet so profound.
The woman told me, “Marriage is just like the weather. I do not expect every day to be bright and sunny. It has to rain sometime, but when it rains, I know there is sunshine right around the corner.”
Her point: There will be ups and downs and that is absolutely normal. Just wait it out and you’ll see the calm after the storm. You will realize the rain was necessary to cause the flowers of your marriage to bloom.
That has affected me to this day. Maybe someone out there needed to hear this today. I hope it can bring you some encouragement.
Do you have any marriage advice you’ve received that has greatly changed the way you look at your marriage? I’d love to hear it!