In 1971 the rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival released the hit song “Have you ever seen the rain” written and sung by lead singer John Fogarty. It has been said that Fogarty penned the lyrics after his brother’s departure from the band. As the years passed, Fogarty changed his interpretation of the lyrics. I suppose as Fogarty grows older the meaning of this beloved song will change yet again.
Rain has come to signify many things, but as we all know it is an expected occurrence of nature. We all have experienced rain. It falls from the skies on all of humanity. Rain does not pick and choose who to fall on, it just falls. More often than not, rain signifies the difficult and seemingly insurmountable challenges of life.
As Fogarty writes, “have you ever seen the rain comin’ down on a sunny day?” When the rain comes it pours. Whoever it rains on it rains. Though the day may be sunny there is a time when the rain will come.
Life, good and bad, falls on all of us, just as the rain. It offers no distinction to humankind. In essence, it “rains on the righteous and unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45); therefore, we all share in the rain. At one time or another we will experience the rain.
When it rains on a friend, neighbor, or stranger do you extend your hand outward to help, or merely ease it back? Perhaps it takes a storm of life to fall on us so that we understand what it means to be rained on.
So I ask, “have you ever seen the rain?
“…; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45)