I have lived in parts of the USA where rain was critically needed at the right time for crops that needed planting and right before the harvest so they could ripen better. So when I read this story it sounded familiar to me. But even if you may have lived in the city most of your life, I’m sure you won’t miss the lesson that this story contains.

As a drought continued for what seemed like an eternity, a small community of farmers was in a big quandary over what to do. Rain was important to keep their crops healthy and sustain the way of life of the townspeople.

As the problem became more acute, a local pastor called a prayer meeting to ask God for rain. Many people came, and as they arrived the pastor greeted them at the door and encouraged them to have faith that God would hear their prayers. When it was time to start, the pastor walked to the front of the church to start the meeting and share with the people what he thought would be a good way for them to pray. As he turned to face the congregation, many of them were still chatting across the aisles and socializing with their friends.

When he asked the attendees for quiet, he spotted an eleven-year-old girl sitting quietly in the front row. Her face was beaming with excitement. Next to her, poised and ready for use, was a bright red umbrella. The little girl’s beauty and innocence made the pastor smile as he realized how much faith she possessed. Everyone there had come to pray and believe, but no one else but this girl brought an umbrella. So he thanked all the people who had come expecting to pray, and then pointed to the young girl and said to them, All of you came to pray for rain, but the little girl had come expecting God to answer right away.

When many of us go to God in prayer, we certainly expect Him to hear us, see our need, and answer us according to His will. But how many of us go to Him expecting an answer? It may not be the answer we were looking for, but His answer proved that He was listening. So just remember, as you begin your prayer you might say, “Here I am Lord! You know what blessing I need, and I’ve got my umbrella with me!” – Dr. Robert R Seyda

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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