The melody of rain dripping off the eaves, pounding onto the roof, and running through the gutters is a welcome sound in March. I pause to gaze on its pouring—my favorite scents and sounds wash over me, pleasing the senses. A car passes—its splashing is music to my ears. This morning the temperature hovers between fifty and sixty degrees. Praise God! We have survived the northern winter.

Spring! Flowers and robin’s eggs and resurrection are right around the corner.

Spring rain always reminds me of an old Great Commission Ministries tune crafted from Hosea 6:3: “So, let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; and He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth” (NASB).

Soft and low, my voice sings my rainy song of meditation. The dawn comes every morning; the Savior will appear again. It is a certainty. When Hosea wrote, the certainty of the Lord’s incarnation and resurrection was the topic. Repentance was needed, a return to the Lord was urged—Hosea’s people had strayed far from him. So, too, have we.

“Come, let us return to the LORD. For he has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us. He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day that we may live before Him” (Hosea 6:1-2 NASB).

Because of what the Savior did in living his perfect life and dying his bloody death, we can be healed, bandaged, and revived. He rose on the third day, and he raises us to walk and live and breathe before him. Beginning now, when we place our trust in him, we have life everlasting—we will live in union with him forever. He is ours, and we are his. And so, he waters us.

What does his spring rain do?

  • It washes away the death and grime and suffering of the winter. Running down the gutters go the old dead leaves and broken twigs left from the fall, the sand and salty residue left from the snowy days of deadness. So Christ washes away our fall and our dead winter.
  • The soil is softened, the earth made supple. So Christ softens us, preparing fertile soil for spiritual growth, pliable and yielding hearts made ready to hear his word and apply it.
  • The planted seeds and bulbs are watered. In the same way, Christ waters the truths of his word that we have hidden in our hearts, the acts of faith, the deeds of righteousness, the prayers of repentance and belief—flowers will burst forth; fruit will be borne.

So let us press on to know him. Let us throw ourselves into the pursuit. Let us stand in the downpour, turning up our faces to be cleansed and caressed by his waters. As he draws us toward himself, let us respond. Let us open our hearts to him. Let us repent, returning to him. He will come to us like the rain, cleansing, softening, rejuvenating, transforming.

Precious Savior, what a gift of grace and life your presence is!