Rain


My wife and I have been going through some tough times with our daughter lately. Truthfully, we go through these all the time, with what seems like brief respites every once in a while. I know hard times are a universal thing but when you’re going through it yourself, it sometimes seems like you’re the only ones and it’s hard to keep an eye on the prize waiting at the end. Ultimately, that prize is a life that God has promised us through Jesus Christ, eternal life. But God hasn’t just promised us eternal life. He’s promised us a fulfilled, victorious life right here and now. I don’t profess to know God’s whole plan or even part of it sometimes but I do know that He can do something completely awesome with our daughter and that’s something that I try to hold onto when things don’t seem all that hopeful.

The lyrics below come from the song “Rain” by Foreigner from their “Mr. Moonlight” album. It comes nearly eight years after their last “successful” album when bands like them still had hits on the charts but this is my favorite tune of theirs nonetheless.

It’s about how all of us go through tough times and that a little rain falls into each life but there’s still hope. If I recall correctly, Lou Gramm wrote the lyrics to this song. Not much more than a year after this album and the tour for it, he began having memory problems, forgetting phone numbers he had known all his life and other important things that he previously had no problems remembering. He started having headaches and eventually saw a doctor for the symptoms and was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. He was told he had likely had the tumor since he was a child and it was just now big enough to start causing problems. He had successful surgery but still went through some more tough times with the recovery process as the drugs he needed to take messed with his metabolism and caused him to gain a lot of weight.

More importantly, though, right before he was diagnosed with this tumor, he had come to faith in Jesus Christ, which ended up giving him a strong foundation for what he would shortly need to go through. Jesus became that bit of sunlight in his life that would shine through the rain of the tough times he was going through.

Brothers, always reaching far too high
But I can see the tragic side and it ain’t easy
And brothers, you won’t let anybody help
Why do you sacrifice yourself?
You can’t go on this way

Tell me why, oh why?
Why don’t you open up your heart?
Let the light from inside
Show us who you are

And when it looks like rain
And when the dark clouds fill your sky
There ain’t no good reason why
You’ve got to feel the pain
Even when it looks like rain
Just hold your head up high
I know the sun’s gonna shine
Even when it looks like rain

Sisters, another story must be told
Just count the blessings you still hold
What’s done is done
And sisters, you can find the one you need
Don’t have to live the life you lead
Don’t be the lonely one

Tell me why, oh why?
Why don’t you open up your heart?
Let the light from inside
Show us who you are

And when it looks like rain
And when the dark clouds fill your sky
There ain’t no good reason why
You’ve got to feel the pain
Even when it looks like rain
Just hold your head up high
I know the sun’s gonna shine

Don’t get down and don’t get washed away
Just remind yourself every day
That into each life
A little rain must fall
So let it rain

Even when it looks like rain
Just hold your head up high
I know the sun’s gonna shine
Even when it looks like rain
When it looks like rain . . .

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