April showers, bring May flowers.
At the close of a long winter, one gets anxious for the sun to shine. Very anxious. After the gloomy and cold short days and very long, frigid nights, each ray of the sun is very welcome. Anticipation grows as the daylight lengthens and strengthens. The sun beats down upon the snow which cannot withstand the warmth and melts away forming puddles and streams. Then come the rains.
As much as I long for lovely spring and summer days, I know that without the rain, the growth of new life will be stunted. In fact, if there is lack of rain for an extended period, there is great danger of death to plants, animals and eventually... even people. In order to survive... we must have the rain.
I believe the same thing is true in our spiritual lives as well and yet so often we seem to pray against "the rain", preferring instead that all of our days be sunny and bright. We fail to realize that there are things we can only obtain, things we can only learn and growth that can only occur... when it is raining.
You O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Ps. 18:28