Perek Shira: Rain, Rain, Go Away, Come Back When There are Bills To Pay!
When my wife and I spent a year in Yerushalayim one of the big bonuses for us was the almost daily glorious weather. October, November, December, January... The beautiful sunshine the warm weather just kept up day after day. Then one February day I had to run an errand and I waited on line with an acquaintance who struck up a conversation about the weather. He complained bitterly about the lack of rain and how terrible it is. I of course shook my head in agreement meekly mimicking his sad sentiments but deep down I was more than thankful although I felt really guilty and selfish about it.
The fact is that the gemara Bava Metzia (84b) says that a day of rain is as tough as a day of judgment. In the days of Rebbi Yehuda HaNassi it never rained but the ground was always full of water. The gemara adds that if we weren't so desperately for rain for our survival the Chachomim would have davened to make it go away forever. Yes, rain is our lifeblood (even in the 21st century!). Can't live with it and can't live without it. If rain is so important and integral to life what is it about rain that drove the Chachomim nuts? Were they such outdoorsmen that they felt claustrophobic when they had to stay indoors?
Rain we know is the symbol of Parnasa. If we examine our lives honestly we all know that our livelihood literally falls from Shamayim with no relevance to how smart or shrewd we are. Similarly, even with all the technology today we are still dependent on the weather's whims (which we can't even predict accurately, let alone control or alter).
We see in the Torah that money is the root of all evil. Having too much is considered a far bigger Nisayon than having too little. This could be the meaning of the gemara. The gemara explains that if we were able to get through life without dealing with money the Chachomim would have long ago davened for it to become extinct. Unfortunately your ticket to survival in this world is money. You can't play if you don't pay. However when it rains on you, keep in mind that this is a judgment day for you. Money is double edged sword. In Rebbi Yehuda HaNassi's great zechus money was not really an issue in his day. Just like he had all the luxuries in the world yet at his death he testified on himself that he did not enjoy even one iota of Olam HaZeh, so too his generation had all it needed without being busy with it.
The Rain Sings: "Geshem Nedavos Tanif Elokim Nachalascha V'Nilah Ata Konanta"; You Hashem sent a generous rain, to strengthen your inheritance, when it languished. We thank Hashem not for making us rich but for sending us money when we need it to help accomplish exactly what we need to do in life. Other than that let the sun shine on us the light of Torah every glorious day.