Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Red Umbrella

In a small farming community in the Midwest, the farmers didn’t know what to do. The drought was dragging on for what seemed an eternity. The rain was very important to the community’s way of life. As the problem became more urgent, the local church felt it was time to get involved. The members planned a prayer meeting in order to ask God for rain. 

When the pastor arrived, he slowly circulated from one group to another. Finally, he made his way to the front in order to officially begin the meeting. As the pastor secured his place in front of his flock, his thoughts were on the importance of quieting the crowd and starting the meeting. 

 Just as he began asking for quiet, he noticed an eleven-year-old girl sitting in the front row. She was angelically beaming with excitement. Resting next to her was her bright red umbrella, poised for use. 

The beauty and innocence of this sight made the pastor smile. He realized that this young girl possessed a faith that the rest of the people in the room seemed to have forgotten. For the rest had come just to pray for rain—she had some to see God answer.
(Written by: Anonymous)

The young girl in this story saw hope when none existed: her hope was in God. She knew that God 
would hear her prayers. She believed that He would answer them. Although she was a child, she understood that despair is not the end of faith—God can be trusted in the darkest of hours. As you step forward into autumn, may you do so with expectant faith and a red umbrella in hand! 

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, 

‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, 

plans to give you a hope and a future. 

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, 
and I will listen to you. 
You will seek me and find me 
when you seek me with all your heart.’” 

Jeremiah 29:11-13

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