Thursday, June 10, 2010

Getting Out the Umbrella...Preparing for Blessing


I've posted this before, referred to it, and just ALWAYS loved reading it. Today, I needed it. This was our message during our last adoption (of Bekah).

(A Daily Internet Devotional by Steve Goodier)

One summer, a drought threatened the crop in a small town. On a hot
and dry Sunday, the village parson told his congregation, "There
isn't anything that will save us except to pray for rain. Go home,
pray, believe, and come back next Sunday ready to thank God for
sending rain."

The people did as they were told and returned to church the following
Sunday. But as soon as the parson saw them, he was furious. "We
can't worship today. You do not yet believe," he said.

"But," they protested, "we prayed, and we do believe."

"Believe?" he responded. "Then where are your umbrellas?"

The story applies to all of us. There are those people who leave
their umbrellas at home. Throughout their lives, they are merely
hoping their wishes and prayers will bear fruit, but they expect
little. Others expect their dreams and desires to come to pass. It
is as if they journey through life always prepared for something to
happen.
Today, how will you approach that which you are yearning for?

Will you expect your prayers and work to bring about hoped-for
results?

Will you bring your umbrella?

3 comments:

  1. i had chills reading that. Just what i needed to hear this week. Thank you for posting this.

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  2. Very interesting post. Hit home big time with me personally because sometimes it's hard to see the line between assumption and faith.

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In the joy of following our Heavenly Father, we sometimes choose to proceed with a whisper, a verse, or a downright shove...no matter how we follow Him, the momentum that follows is like nothing we've ever experienced before.

Join the momentum...it is a beautiful place to be. It's not always easy, but then the best things never are.

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