God is so funny.
If you really begin to pay attention, God can be speaks to us in literally every thing that can happen to us. Even something as simple as a walk in the rain….
Ok, it was not just a walk in the rain, it was a windy storm that just randomly showed up while I was walking to class that almost knocked me off the sidewalk.
I was on my way to the Communications building for my next class, but when I stepped outside I felt two huge rain drops. I turned right back around, ran up to my dorm room grabbing my jacket and an umbrella.
Communication building is the farthest building on campus, so I was trying to gather everything as fast as I could. But in the process I did not think to change my sandals to my rain boots, I just wanted to make sure i got to class on time. So I speedily walk down the dirt cluttered steps, outside into the seemingly nice day, and started my way toward the “Comm” building.
The rain was still very slow and it almost seemed as though it was going to stop so I just kept my umbrella in my hand just in case I needed it.
On the way I saw one of my friends walking in front of me so I caught up with her. We talked and laughed for a minute or two until it was time for us to part and take our separate paths to class.
As I began to walk by myself the rain began to pick up a little more so I put my umbrella up over my head. For a few steps I felt a little goofy because ,of the few people that were around me, none of them even had an umbrella on them, let alone had any type of covering on.
Thinking back on that day, it seems as though each person that walked past had not realized the rain that was falling at a slow but steady rate. If they did notice it, they did not think much of it and refuse to believe the reality that it might rain harder, which will ruin their perfect sunny day.
Before I knew what was happening, the rain poured down like a broken levee. At first it was not that bad because I had the umbrella to cover me, but then the wind came. The wind was so strong that I was literally walking in slow motion, using my cheap CVS umbrella as a shield from the angry wind and rain that seemed to try to attack me in every direction to keep me from going on.
Though the storm was awful and I had a thousand reasons not to go to class, to just turn around and give up, I continued on. I had pasted the near by playground and now began to steadily push through the wind and cross the bridge. This weather had become so bad that I was actually a little scared, I did not know if this was just a wind and rain or a tornado, or what! I always assume the worst when storms, especially when diffrerent storms occur. Since I was crossing the bridge, I was terrified that the water may flood over or something crazy may happen.
So I did the only thing that I knew to do when I get scared, I prayed.
But this was not any ordinary pray, no! My voice, though laughing a bit at the craziness, was filled with need and hope that God would hear every word. I do not remember exactly what I said, all I know is that I probably asked for protection, and I know I asked Him to please stop the rain, if that is His Will.
You may not believe this next part, because it was almost surreal for me as well. But less than a minute after I finished praying, which is when I was almost completely across the bridge, the rain began to slow up so much that it stopped.
I put my shield down, and began to feel the instant change in warmth from the suns rays that danced on my skin. The sun began to shine brighter than before, and I was able to make it to class right on time.
When I came into the room I checked my clothes, thinking that my bookbag, my jacket, and everything on me would be soaking wet. But some how the only thing that was wet was my ankles, the little part that was not protected from the rain. I could not believe it. It just did not seem real. Did I even go through the storm? I know I did but you could not tell just from looking outside, or from looking at me. No one could even notice that the rain had been that bad because all they could see was the sunny day and the smile on my face.
That was completely God showing me how He works in our lives!
As Christians, we need to make sure that we are totally prepared to face every trial that comes at us aka having our umbrella at our side when we walk.
Though we have plenty of friends and family now, there may be a time when you go on your seperate paths, and you are alone with God.
As we walk with Christ, we will begin to notice how others do not have a relationship with Christ and it does not seem to phase them. But that does not mean we should stop living for Christ, it means that we need to keep moving on toward Christ!
When the storm begins we will have the armor of God to be our shield. We know who to call on, Christ, when we are going through it all, because we know that He is the only one that can keep us safe in mind, body, and spirit.
Though it may seem like forever, when the storm is finally over, the our lives are shining brighter than ever before. While you can remember how bad the storm was before, you can not believe how amazing everything looks now. The bottom of your pants may still be wet, just as a reminder to let you know what you have been through, but no one else can tell.
Everyone around can only see the perfect Christ shining through your smile.
Best walk ever!