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In about 3 weeks, Arizona will hit 100 degree weather. And then it will feel like we’re living in the fiery pits of hell for 4 months. People always ask me how we deal with Arizona summers. It’s simple; we know it’s coming, so we prepare. AC, backyard with a pool, summer camps for the kids, vacations during the hottest months, staycations, special window screens, a towel for your car so you don’t burn your hands on the steering wheel.
Arizonans know how to own the heck out of summer because we know it’s coming. It shows up and it leaves at the same time every year and we are used to it. We even welcome it because it means the snow birds have gone home and while the country thinks were all insane for living here, we laugh and lay by the pool later in the year when everyone else is shoveling snow with their fingers frozen off.
We know the heat comes and goes, so we are okay.
But let me tell you what happens when the rain comes. When the rain comes, events get cancelled, we bundle up inside, we take snapchats and videos and cause car accidents and we all forget that we don’t own umbrellas.
We. do. not. own. umbrellas.
Unlike the summer heat that we know is coming, we never anticipate the rain. The rain is far less impactful and dramatic than 120 degree weather, but we do not know how to handle it. And we don’t know how to handle it because it’s always unexpected. When you live in Arizona, you just know that the chances are 99% likely you will not see any rain that month.
We get screwed up with rain, because we have this picture in our minds of what the weather is supposed to be. So when it comes, we are so caught off guard. The rain breaks up our months of drought, it makes the bushes on the mountains green, and the lakes fill up with water again. It allows crops to grow, and brings rainbows and floods and breaks the monotony of our usual weather. But boy does it get us all out of our routines.
I’ve had this naive vision of what I thought life was, what I wanted it to be, and what I thought I would experience during it. I was prepared for some things. Hard things that I knew would come because life is life and we’re all drug through muddy waters that make us kick and scream sometimes. But when those plans change due to an unexpected trial, loss, devastation or burden that comes so out of the blue, you’re left feeling like you have all of the wrong tools. You have an AC, but you don’t have a dang umbrella.
So what do we do when the rain comes?
What do we do when we are prepared for something else, and then we find ourselves in a downpour of something so unexpected we don’t even know where or how to start figuring it all out?
We put one foot in front of the other. We keep going, as big or as little of steps as we’re capable of making. We focus on the day, not the distant future because it gets too overwhelming to wonder and worry about when the rain will ever end. We hit our knees. We pray. We cry out and plead for help. As we seek heavenly help, we also find support around us. We surround ourselves with people who understand, support, and uplift. We take time to understand the unexpected change that has come into our lives.
And then, we push ourselves to keep living.
And we go an buy an umbrella.