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Rain and Pain Please Go Away

By July 6, 2021No Comments

“It’s going to be a bright, bright, bright sunshiny day.”

-Johnny Nash

On June 23, 1972, Epic Records released a single by 32-year-old reggae singer Johnny Nash, titled “I Can See Clearly Now.” The song made it all the way to #1 the same year. It’s a simple song, comprised of only two verses, yet an infectious melody that I’m guessing you’re humming to yourself right now. Nash, who not only performed the song but wrote it as well, says he “can see clearly now the rain is gone,” and “I think I can make it now the pain is gone.”

Rain and pain. So often they seem to go together. In fact, there’s scientific evidence for this. When there’s a rainstorm, the atmospheric pressure drops. When our bodies detect this change, our soft tissues swell up. Fluid in our joints can expand and contract to irritate our nerves, thus causing pain (source: Ortho Bethesda).

That’s the joints. What about the brain?

According to a recent Forbes article, one the happiest cities in which to live is Irvine, California. By the way, it only gets 13 inches of rainfall per year. On average, Irvinians get 281 days per year of sunshine. Compare that to Seattle, which has only about 58 days per year of sunshine. As a result, Seattleites have a higher number of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) cases on average than the rest of the U.S. population.

Here’s some more evidence that sunshine is a good cure for rain and pain. One study found that when it rains people make more negative posts on Facebook. Yes, we truly can see clearer when the clouds are gone, and we feel better and act better as well. Clarity revels the truth about what is ahead. Seeing clearly allows us to move forward with confidence.The pain John Nash sang about was not physical pain, it is emotional pain. We know that because he says, “I think I can make it now the pain is gone” because “all of the bad feelings have disappeared.” Bad feelings bring us pain. Pain leads to despair. In despair we think the worst. We build a case against ourselves, ushering in limiting beliefs. When we can’t see the sunshine for the clouds, it’s because as the singer says, the dark clouds have blinded us to the truth. When we can’t see the sunshine, we only see the obstacles. When we see only obstacles, we have pain. In our pain, we often forget our purpose, and tend to throw in the towel on life.

But here’s the good news. The same God who made the clouds, made the sunshine. If you’ve ever had to fly on a cloudy day, you noticed something when you got to your cruising altitude. At 35,000 feet the clouds are below you and the sunshine is above you. What a great vantage point to see both of God’s creations on display.

God does not exempt us from rain and pain, but He is always with us in the midst of it. The Lord told Isaiah to tell the people of Israel, “When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze (Isaiah 4:2-3).” God was not going to spare His people from the experience of fire and water, but He wasn’t going to let them drown or burn up, either.

When we allow God’s word to be a lamp for our feet and a light on our path, we can see the obstacles and navigate around them, and sometimes right through them. Sometimes God removes our hardships, but more often He allows us the opportunity to go through them in order to grow us to be more like Him. When Jesus took His last breath on the cross, the weather changed. Dark clouds marked the death of Jesus, but the sun rose brightly on the first Easter morning as the two Marys and Salome were startled by a risen Christ. They saw Him clearly Sunday and their pain went away. When we see Christ clearly, as the Son of God who died for our sins, the pain of death, separation from God, goes away as well.

What’s causing you to not be able to see past current obstacles in your life? What rain and pain do you need God’s help to get through? For what in your life do you need clarity right now? You were never designed to do it alone. God will get you through any challenge you face today and any test that looms ahead of you. Johnny Nash said, “I think I can make it now the pain is gone.” I say to you, “I don’t only think you can make it; I know you can make it!” It’s going to be a bright, bright, bright sunshiny day.

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