Posted March 28, 2021
“. . . I woke last night to the sound of thunder, how far off I sat and wondered. Started humming a song from 1962 . . .”
From “Night Moves” by Bob Seger
Last night up here in the Smoky Mountains where I live, we had a heck of a thunderstorm pass through. I lasted all night and well into the morning.
At the first sounds of thunder, I began to listen for sounds of imminent danger. Once I realized that there wasn’t going to be any danger, my mind ultimately drifted off to some song (I forget which one) and I eventually drifted off to sleep.
This morning, a line from the Bob Seger song, “Night Moves,” came to mind and it got me to wondering why is it that rain and music go together. There’s just something soothing, settling, therapeutic, and cleansing about them both. Yet, you really don’t want one playing while the other is happening.
I suppose there’s something musically rhythmic about the rain . . . or does music mimic the rain’s rhythms? Some will say that music is natural and that it dovetails with nature. I think I agree. God seems to have put music here for His praise and for our pleasure just like He did with the nature He created. Through His creation and the music it inspires and mimics, we connect; we find healing and solace; our hearts are touched. We are inspired in countless ways.
When it’s safe to do so, I like walking in the rain. Heck, Gene Kelly famously danced in it. I love the smell of rain and newly mown lawns or fields of hay. I love the smell of rain out in the Arizona desert. I love the solitude of driving on a rainy interstate. I love the comfort of the breeze that precedes a rain; the rustling of the leaves to always seem to whisper something to those who take the time to listen.
There’s just something about wind, rain . . . and music . . .
The next time it rains where you are, I encourage you to take the time to listen to the wind that precedes it. Then listen to the rain. Let it cleans your mind and emotions. Push all other thoughts out of your mind and just listen to it. Let it sooth you . . . and maybe speak inspirationally to you. Let it fire up life’s – God’s – music in you . . . to take another step, to breathe another breath, to plan for the next day, to think of ways of helping others.
Just listen. Breathe it all in and just listen.
And as you listen, act on those inspirations, on those solutions that God has inspired within you as you listen to His creation or to the song from the past that the rain brings to mind. In them just may be the seed of life-changes that you need and desire. If nothing else, let it refresh you for what you face in the days ahead.
Funny how the night moves.