The Smell of Rain:


I had been traveling for two years now. My exploration of a juvenile lifestyle has had its bittersweet moments. There were days when I could find no insects to eat, and other days when the thick lush forests were filled with the lullabies of fat insects. There were days where sandy deserts lay miles ahead of me, and others where I was protected and shielded from the sun by the green bushes.

But I can smell it now. I can smell the abundance of rain. I can feel the onset of moistness and tenderness. I am a red-spotted newt. Notophthalmus viridescens. I have spent many years as a juvenile living on land, but all things must come to an end, and it is time for adulthood...I have to find water. Life as a newt could be fun, but I have grown to understand the wisdom of change. My larval stage was aquatic, my juvenile stage was terrestrial, and now my adulthood has to be experienced as an aquatic animal once again. That is why I smell rain ahead...fresh water. I can almost taste the freshness.


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I learned of the red-spotted newt in the moments my imagination flew concerning the smell of rain. Yes, creatures like this still exist. They spend their baby (larval) stages in water, migrate to land for some years, and then migrate back to water as an adult. It is a part of their life. They learn to walk in the direction of water. They learn to fight obstacles on their way, using their tails for protection and their eyes for sight. Until they find their treasure...a water body for the rest of their lives.
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As human beings, we were also created to smell the abundance of rain. Do you know that you can tell that it will rain by putting your head outside the window and smelling the aroma of torrents blowing? The smell of the abundance of rain can be found in the freshness of the breeze. In the solitary confines of green leaves coasting with the wind on an empty street, or even as you watch tall trees sway from side to side. You can tell when the rain is coming.
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In the same way, your spiritual senses must be able to smell the abundance of rain. But especially without seeing the rain first. That's faith! In the past one year, I have learned to smell the rain without first seeing it. I have learned to lean on the invisible everlasting arm of God, and to trust that He will send me my rain. And He has sent rain. He sent rain and gave my lips several testimonies. But there was dry land awaiting me ahead of the rain again. That's how life is. An intermingling of series of dry land and aquatic territories. The dry land is for training, and the aquatic for blessings. But all you need to do is stick your head out of your window and smell the rain coming...it IS coming. Don't doubt it!

"Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.”
(I Kings 18:41)

Photos by Photobucket & Wing Watchers

33 comments:

Kafo said...

yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
i'm first
this is like my first time being first in like forever
yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

okay let mii go and read it

lOL

Kafo said...

wow
Father Lord.
wow
May I learn to smell the rain.
Faith i lack i have to admit Lord teach mii


Jaycee thank you soo much
last night was horrible
i kept on saying i need patience and faith and then i just finishing listening to a sermon about half an hour ago about patience and now THIs

thanks

Funms said...

very encouraging...... thanks

simeone said...

i think i can just smell it- it started like yesterday...thank you Father...

woman of God..dont know what else to say to you

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aloted said...

i can smell the abundance of rain already. October is a blessed month!!!

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

I guess many questions that many of us as christains keep asking God is since He can why Hasn't He, and its not like you doubt He can, you're simply wondering why.... and even though you can smell the rain, why does the time between the scent and the actual down pour take a while....

He reminds us that indeed His ways and thoughts are not like ours (Isa. 55:9), and we have to learn to look out for the times and the seasons.....; to learn that even if He hasn't come through yet, does not take away the fact that He is God.

I have smelt the rain and have experienced the drought, and I refuse NEVER to acknowldege God for who He is. Indeed He is God almighty for simply creating the seasons, and the Great I am simply for who He is.

Have a supper weekend...lovely..

Jaycee said...

Kafo...looks like the both of us were up in the wee hours of the morning...he he. I'm so glad you saw this, esp after last night. God speaks to us in mysterious ways, little inscriptions here and there...(ps: have u read The Alchemist? I'm reading it right now, and I know u'll like it...a friend left the book in my house and I started turning the pages...lol)

Funms...my pleasure babes. How r u? Make sure ur weekend is fantabulous! *wink*

Simeone...it started like yesterday for u? I'm ecstatic...woah!

Aloted...about October...its been raining cats and dogs down here. Blessings I guess...

TheLife...you always seem to drop enlightening and thought provoking phrases..."I have smelt the rain and have experienced the drought, and I refuse NEVER to acknowledge God for who He is..." Word! There's no one like Him...and His ways are not our ways either...but yet, He IS God! King of all kings, and Lord of all lords...

Jewells said...

I definitely needed this today. I am ready for the flood gates of Heaven to be opened.

If I can smell the natural rain, if I am tuned into Him, I should be able to smell the spiritual rain, right?

Hmmmm...

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islander said...

going outside to watch he skies, and wait for my rain.....praying for torrents.

Vera Ezimora said...

I definitely smell the rain oh. It has been raining cat & dog in Bmore for days. Werrin now? LOL. Don't mind me; just had 2 be silly for a min.

I'm eagerly waiting. I'm currently on dry land. It's mighty hard, that's all I can say. And sometimes, the stay on dry land is too hard. You feel like you're about 2 die of thirst.

~ScotchBiscuits~ said...

very beautiful writting, layered with truths!!!

Chukbyke.Okey,C. said...

Really very beautiful.

30+ said...

@Jaycee,I needed this thanks.

@LOASCM thanks for reminding me of Isa 55

seye said...

The smell of rain! Remember that post i had up "my fading childhood"? It reminds me of that! Wow Jaycee...what would i do with or without your blog?!
The newt. I love animals. I have to read about this one. I never knew they go back to the sea.

Jaycee...this is a timely message for me! wow! wow!
I like how you analyzed: the dry land is for training.

Dear God, I am sticking my head out of the window this moment. Help me smell the rain. Help me not count on darkening clouds before i know that the shower would drop. Help me go home, hearing the sound of the abundance of rain. Amen

seye said...

The smell of rain! Remember that post i had up "my fading childhood"? It reminds me of that! Wow Jaycee...what would i do with or without your blog?!
The newt. I love animals. I have to read about this one. I never knew they go back to the sea.

Jaycee...this is a timely message for me! wow! wow!
I like how you analyzed: the dry land is for training.

Dear God, I am sticking my head out of the window this moment. Help me smell the rain. Help me not count on darkening clouds before i know that the shower would drop. Help me go home, hearing the sound of the abundance of rain. Amen

Tairebabs said...

Heard the song let it rain on your blog for the first time and I fell in love with it. Thanks for the post. It is very encouraging.

Uzezi said...

u said it well. smelling the rain without first seeing it. that is faith. Heb 11: 1 to have faith is to be sure of things we hope for, to be certain of things we cannot see (GNB).

and everything indeed is seasonal. the dry time is for a reason that we need should ask the grace of God to understand.

Jaycee said...

Jewells....I know...there's always a comparison of physical to spiritual things, so if you can stick ur head out ur window and smell the sweet scent of rain...then the other is also possible!

islander...I like that you said u're praying for torrents. I see that you're someone who will not settle for less than what God has in store for u...lol. I like that! A lot!

Vera...I can tell you that I understand when you say that it is "mighty hard." That's an empathic response, and not merely sympathetic...

Scotchbiscuits...thanks...:)

Chukbyke...thanks. How's your weekend going mister?

30+...wow, if u really needed this, it can't be a mere coincidence. Even though we're both bloggers...*smiles*

Seye...there's something you said that touched me. (Paraphrasing)"Lord, help me to not count darkening clouds before the shower drops..."

Tairebabs...I was looking for songs that will complement what I was trying to say and I found it...she's Canadian, and I love it too. Lol.

Uzezi...you know, it is true that in the dry moments we need to ask for understanding! Nothing beats knowing exactly why one is in a certain place at a certain time. Nothing beats that understanding. Hebrews 11...that famous diary of Faith...hmm...

Jaycee said...

@ Taire...she's half Canadian and half Carribean, I think...:)

Remi, United Kingdom said...

Reminds me of the song "open the floodgates of heaven, let it rain, let it rain" Lord, please help me anticipate, smell, see, feel, embrace and be thankful for the rain! Amen!!

Dammy said...

If there is one blogger I would really love to meet, it is you!

The way you give life to events in our daily lives and make them so relevant is amazing. Your blog is so inspiring, forever green!

"Rain on me Lord. Rain on me.Holy Ghost fire, rain on me. Yesterday's gone and today I'm in need.Holy Ghost fire, rain on me"

Thanks for being a blessing.

bumight said...

ok, i definitely need to come here more often, seems like I've been missing a lot.

most times I can actually smell "physical" rain, lol, but it really makes this post more personal for me. thanks!

Temite said...

my sister, I am currently on dry land, in the dessert, the sand is pouring into my mouth, my eyes... the sand is everywhere and I need help. I need help!!!! I need water so bad my sister.

OluwaDee said...

Yes o, one can smell rain.
when I tell rabbi I can smell rain, he always laughs at me.

But its true I can smell rain n the beach. lol.

Anywayz, you've exhorted us once again.

Tisha said...

i smell the abundance of rain
i can scent the rain
yeah yeah
nice post
real too.

Smaragd said...

i've always been able to smell the rain, i like to think of it as my special power.
u remember my "of God, rain and Corn on the cob post"

thank u for this.

Jaycee said...

Remi...I like that song...

Dammy...dark-skinned people don't blush so...(lol)...but really, I thank God for so much inspiration within the past few years. Nothing here was written by my own ability, but God gave the direction...all the glory is His...

Bumight...I know what you're saying...I can smell physical rain because the breeze carries the scent of rain in it...it's a musty wet smell...

Jaycee said...

Temite...you're thirsting for something right now, and I know you want God to show up and satisfy your thirst. From what Jesus said when He was on earth, "those who hunger and thirst for righteousness WILL be filled."

Oluwadee...lol @ smelling the rain AND the beach...*smiles* How won't u be smelling rain & beach when rabbi is around? *smiles*

Tisha...I'm glad you smell the abundance of rain. May any dry area in your life receive the moisture of rain...Amen.

Smaragd...LOLL @ special power. Yes, I remember commenting on your "of God, rain and Corn on the cob post"...I loved it!

Standtall said...

This is awesome

Olamild said...

HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

Tina said...

Awesome!