California is suffering from drought this year of wild weather hitting many states across the country. While others are stuck in snow storms and bombarded with excess precipitation, Californian's have been busy praying for rain. The usual time for water proof boots, umbrellas and silly slickers for your dog's fur have turned into a constant concern about the lack of rain and snow.
As the winter weather has continued to fail to appear, newscasts have been featuring drought concerns and the possible repercussions that could continue through 2014. Amongst all the buzz and statistics and projections many have sat quietly praying that relief would come soon. Farmers and ranchers have altered their plans and some have already forsaken their annual crops which require a great deal of water to nurture into life and maintain. And pray-ers have continued to pray and hope-ers have hoped harder while the days grew unusually warmer for the season and the clouds were swept away to drop their glory on other regions.
On Jan. 29 the first real rain other than a few insignificant drops finally graced Sacramento and other parched California sites. Californians celebrated and breathed in the fresh scent of rain, announced caution to drivers due to the extra slick roads, and continued to pray. Many thanked God for this small relief while realizing that the drought was still in effect. After over 50 days absence of rain, one or two days of God's blessing will not be sufficient to end the far reaching effects of a record-breaking dry spell.
We need more rain and snow. We need to conserve the water we do have. Are your sprinklers running in the rain while your local farmer is relying on many years savings, insurance, and other resources to survive? Are you running the bath water down the drain waiting for the hot to kick in? Consider getting a bucket and returning this wasted resource back to the earth and its thirst.
A helpful approach might be to consider all the water we do have as a huge gift from God. No gift from God should be treated lightly. Respect for our resources is also respect for the divine gifts given to us by a generous God. We can do our part by conserving and also by giving thanks. Weather analysts can tell us why the winds move one way or another and what pushed the rain here or there but the final picture is in the hands of the Lord. "Thank you God for this bit of rain and please send more, Amen!"
For more information on California's water, please see the California Department of Water Resources.