Friday, October 29, 2010

Expecting Rain

My priest recently told the story of a pastor of a rural church – in an agricultural community that relies on the earth and abundance for it’s economy.

They were suffering from severe drought – so one Sunday the pastor told his church that everyone should gather everyone they know, and come to church the following Tuesday, when they would all come together to pray for rain. Surely, if the entire community came together, God would answer their prayers.

Tuesday came, and the turn out was incredible. Everyone was there. The most amazing gathering ever. The crowd murmured, impressed with themselves.

But the pastor nearly felt defeated. He hung his head in his hands and said… “Oh, that we don’t all have the faith of our dear sister Alba!!”

The entire crowd turned to look at Miss Alba… the only person who bothered to bring an umbrella.

Personally, I have boiled the story down to remind myself… "If you’re going to pray for rain, have enough faith to carry an umbrella."

My personal umbrella carrying is the mere fact that I am still dating!
I must believe that God has the ideal husband for me out there - or I would have
stopped dating years ago!

I shared that story a couple of weeks ago with McTwitchy - in reference to the great decision he has to make regarding the new job or keeping his business here.
I suggested that he determine what his Best Case Scenario is... then pray for that. But pray with the faith that God WILL make it happen.

Like me, McTwitchy is a bit rusty in his prayer life - so my suggestion is a real leap of faith for him. I don't know if he is praying or not - but I am.

Last week, McTwitchy called with news of a client meeting that left him speechless. This client who has not had work for him in a long while suddenly promises lots of business coming up! They need him! McTwitchy could barely register the information.

I found myself smiling from ear to ear as I recognized this as an obvious answer to prayer. I thought, "You can stay!" I also thought, "It's going to rain! I've got my umbrella!"

Still no definitive word on which way McTwitchy's decision will go.
We are truly enjoying this time together and I pray that whatever his decision - eventually he will decide he wants me at his side! I am crazy about this man. I am learning so much about him, it's like opening a different special gift every time I see him!


Anonymous said...

I believe faith is accepting that God gives us what we need, not what we want. Thinking God will give us what we want if we pray for it can lead to a string of disappointments and confused resentment. I feel that praying for the strength to humbly accept the hand God has dealt me in life is more empowering than telling God how he can make my life better.

Genevra said...

What a fabulous story. Plus, I think the attitude about this time is fabulous as well, staying in the present moment and enjoying the time you have with each other right now. In the end that is really all we really have, the present moment.

Keep it up girl! :)

BlueCastle said...

Love this story, reminds me of a movie "Faith Like Potatoes". You are in my thoughts as I check in frequently, looking for good news and hoping along with you.

Anonymous said...

Being in my 30's having moved and started my own business, I too am in the dating circuit, both for friends and mr Right (or any one who seems like a good father to the child I so dearly want, really). After a year of this I am starting feel lost and abandoned. I think I'm going to make "If you are going to pray for rain, have enough faith to carry an umbrella" my new devise. Good luck with McTwitchy!