The first reading from Isaiah compares the good impulses God sends our way to the abundant drops of rain he causes to fall on the earth.
It helps to briefly consider our rainfalls as one of God’s ingenious miracles. With the rays of his sun he draws up water, freeing it from its salt content. Then, forming it into clouds, that with his winds he propels over thirsty lands.
The Bible gives us these images to let us be aware of the constancy with which God prompts us to act and to understand rightly. “The Acts” tells us, “God is not far from any of us, for in him we live and move and have our being.” God is to us as the ocean is to a fish that knows no other environment.
When I was teaching the Seventh Grade class I would offer two dollars to the student who could first memorize this passage. It is Isaiah, 55:10-11. Really, though, it starts with verse 8. In total it is:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways my ways, says the Lord. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts are above your thoughts.
For just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down, and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to him who sows and brad to him who eats.