As this is being written, the rain is blowing sideways. Yes, Sideways! Our view of the ocean is marred by rain, lots of rain. The rain has caused some discomfort today and has made the outdoor horse camps, farm chores and just getting to one place or another a bit challenging. But, rain in Kodiak is not an unusual event. Kodiak is considered a temperate rainforest, which means it rains a lot here. A lot. Sometimes for weeks in a row. As much as the rain causes discomfort, it does have a purpose for Kodiak.
The rain allows the Sitka spruce to flourish in Kodiak. The Sitka’s shallow root system has a
dependency on perpetual rain to supply the needed moisture to survive.
The rain provides the needed moisture to turn Kodiak into the Emerald Island. The Island comes alive with vibrant colors because of the rain.
The rain fills the streams and rivers that allow the Salmon to migrate from the ocean , swim to the upper reaches of the streams and rivers to spawn. The bear rely on the rain to allow the salmon to fill the streams and rivers for their needed provision. The rain is vital to Kodiak.
The rain can be a discomfort, but the result of the rain allows Kodiak to flourish with life, and become the beautiful Island we enjoy.
The rain can also remind us of the blessings of God in our lives. Just as Kodiak flourishes because of the rain, we also can flourish because of God’s provision. He showers us with His love, salvation, and righteousness. We want God to shower us with His blessings. We want His rain, we need His rain. His rain is vital for us to flourish. His rain takes an empty soul and makes it one full of life. Embrace His rain.
Isaiah 45:8 tells us” You heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness flourish with it; I, the LORD, have created it.”
Rain down on us.
Shower us with Your love.
May we flourish because of You.
Ed and Fran Campbell