Do you carry your umbrella?
We all have something to learn from this young girl.
As a drought continued for what seemed an eternity, a small community
of farmers was in a quandary as to what to do. Rain was important to keep
their crops healthy and sustain the townspeople’s way of life.
As the problem became more acute, a local pastor called a prayer
meeting to ask for rain.
Many people arrived. The pastor greeted most of them as they filed in.
As he walked to the front of the church to officially begin the meeting
he noticed most people were chatting across the aisles and socializing
with friends. When he reached the front his thoughts were on quieting
the attendees and starting the meeting.
His eyes scanned the crowd as he asked for quiet. He noticed 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. No one else in the
congregation had brought an umbrella.
All came to pray for rain, but the little girl had come expecting God
— Author Unknown —