Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Although recently, we have had some rain, it is not uncommon that during the summer months it can easily become drought-like in Southern Ontario.
The farmers and foresters really feel its effects when it is so dry, as well as home owners as it is not uncommon for residential properties to have lawns that look like harvested wheat fields. In fact, harvested wheat fields look more lush than our little patches of golden grass.
So, why do I have a photo of an umbrella when I’m thinking about drought-like conditions. Well, it all reminds me of a parable I heard in the movie Facing The Giants. If you haven’t seen the movie, I recommend that you do.
Let’s top up our coffees and I’ll share the parable and where the umbrella fits in….
Got Your Umbrella?
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philipians 4:4-7 I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. Psalm 40:1-3
You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:2b-3
In the movie, Facing the Giants, one of the characters shares a parable about two farmers who endured a drought. Both farmers prayed to the Lord. One farmer continued to go around downcast. The other farmer walked around with an umbrella. The question was then asked, “which farmer believed that God would answer his prayer?”
This parable is very convicting because how many times do we pray about or for something and then go on complaining or worrying about it. On the contrary, when we have lifted something up to the Lord, we need to know and trust beyond a doubt that God is listening, God is working, and God will reveal a response. The act of prayer is not just equal to us picking up a phone and talking into it. It requires us to dial directly to him and to speak face to face with our all-knowing and all-loving God, just as we would a dear friend. This is an intimate conversation where he is intimately present. The great thing is that He wants us to tell him all our requests; great and small. No prayer request is too insignificant and no request is too big for him.
When we give our needs and life’s situations to God and ask Him to guide us and the outcome, we can release it and trust that as events arise and the outcome is attained, whatever it is, it has been accomplished according to his will for our lives. That doesn’t mean we get what we want. It means we get what He knows is best for us. At times we may feel disappointed, but other times we may be the recipients of watching God reveal Himself in our lives in miraculous ways.
Ultimately, may I encourage you to seek the Lord with all your requests and always be prepared for an answer. Seek his guidance first in all things and always trust the answers, so that just like the farmer who trusted God to answer his prayer in the midst of his drought, you may answer a confident ‘yes’ when asked, “Do you have your umbrella, too?”
Prayer: LORD, today I lay before you____________________________. Please take this from me or walk me through it. May the outcome be according to Your will. Please guide me to be open and willing to do all that you would have me do. Grant me patience as I await the outcome. Help me rest in your loving arms and be at peace. In Jesus’ Holy Name I pray. AMEN!
Reflection: Is there something on your heart? Give it to the Lord in prayer. At times, I physically lift up my hands as if I am holding something tangible in order for the Lord to take it from me. Feel free to this, or something like it, if it will help you. Then trust that He has lifted it from you and is taking care of it. Pray for patience until it comes to pass and be watchful for miracles as he works out the response through you and the situations around you.