What a surprise! Last night we had an unexpected rain storm. Our family was spread throughout the house, but we all shouted simultaneously, “Is that rain?” What’s the big deal? Well, this was our first significant rain since December. Everything is dry as dust. The grass is brown and crunchy.
This time of year in Costa Rica always makes me feel like Elijah’s servant in 1 Kings 18. After three years of drought, God promised Elijah if he would go and present himself to King Ahab, He would send down rain. Elijah kept sending his servant out towards the sea to check for signs of rain. The servant’s reply was, “There is nothing.” After the seventh time, the servant comes running back and says, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”
Every afternoon, I’ll search for signs of clouds. Anything to give relief from the heat. Several times it looks like rain, smells like rain, and nada, zilch, zip! Yesterday, Steve and I walked to the grocery store to get some items for supper. We both commented on how it looked so much like rain. And then it happened. Yay! an early rain. It meant I didn’t have to do the evening watering.
Throughout the day, it again looked like something was building. I noticed some spots where the grass was greening, even after the single rain. The morning was a little misty, quickly burned off, and the heat became intense. Meteorologists said that yesterday’s unexpected showers were due to high heat and humidity. They also predicted a possible repeat over the next few days. So, as distant clouds hid mountaintops, I kept a watchful eye. Building, building–but so far, nothing. I guess I’ll be watering first thing in the morning.
Forget the grass. It’s too far gone. The containers have the highest priority. Next, the pineapples. They need lots of water. Nine plants are located on the south slope of the property. I plan to add a few more to complete the “jardín de piña.” The regular rains in this area of the country aren’t scheduled to return until late April. Until then, I’ll keep watering the pineapples.