Dancing in the rain

By Rev. Fr. Eva Chuma Nnamene

This week we, finally, come to the end of our reflections on rains, rainmaking, stopping rains, and the morality therefrom. This week's reflection is caption "dancing in the rain" which is probably the antithesis of Onyeka Onwenu's "dancing in the sun". When rain comes, many people would wait for the storm to pass. It may take minutes; or it may take hours.

But to dance in the rain is to wade into the storm. To dance in the rain is to forge ahead with life in spite of all odds. To dance in the rain is to take the bull by the horns. To dance in the rain is to surrender to the will of God. After all, after the rain, comes sunshine. About rainfalls on our eventful days, a good number of Christians are learning to dance in the rain, that is, to go ahead with their events even under the rain.

For instance, I witnessed a wedding reception a cousin at Obollo Eke in August this year. Halfway into the reception, it began raining. As the rains battered the canopies, and forced guests to take cover, the reception went on hold. At that point, there was some spontaneous and unannounced decision to wait for the rains to stop.

When, after a reasonable time, the rains did not abate, and the guests were uncomfortable with some of them itching to go home, the MC announced the arrival of the bride and groom to the stage. With her left hand the bride clutched her flowing wedding gown, and her right hand was on the groom, and they danced to the stage in the rain.

As they sauntered their dancing steps to their choice music, guests who could afford it trooped out to shower money on them in the rain. That was truly dancing in the rain. But that way, the reception continued. And to the happiness of many, before they knew it, the rains stopped. To enable one to dance in the rain, one needs the disposition that is best represented by the serenity prayers of Reinhold Niebuhr:

"God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His wm,
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

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