Then I will give you rain in its season, the lands shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. LEVITICUS 26:4, NKJV
Once or twice a year I get the privilege of speaking at a Pathfinder or Adventurer Camporee in different parts of the world. Each place is unique and has many wonderful people. One Time I got to speak at an Adventurer camporee in Massachusetts, where I grew up. It was great to be able to return after so many years. Another time I went to a camporee on the Caribbean after so many years. Another time I went to a camporee on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. When I was baby, our family lived in Puerto Rico for a short time, my father told me about the place where I would be going for the Camporee.
Each year the camporee took place in the rain forest up in the central mountains of the island. When I landed in San Juan, I rented a car and drove to the camporee site. The weather in San Juan was hot, but as we started driving up into the mountains, the weather starter to change to the more typical tropical rain forest weather-humid. By the time we arrived at camp it was an all-out downpour. I started hoping the storm would pass through quickly. That was not the case.
When we arrive on Friday it was raining, and by the time we left Sunday morning it was still raining. You might think this put a damper on the event, but that was not the case-our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters are some of the most joyful people I’ve ever met. They couldn’t care less about the rain and never stopped smiling, laughing, and enjoying every moment at the camporee. They even nicknamed it the “fangoree,” which is like saying “the muddy camporee.”
Seeing rain shows us how GOD waters the earth and makes things grow. May the be a reminder that only GOD can cause the rain to fall. Have a positive attitude when it rains, and feel at peace because GOD knows what He’s doing.