He Stopped The Rain

Months, weeks, days, and hours were put in to prepare for the wedding .  It was an outdoor wedding, at a historic site, surrounded by landscaped lawns, magnificent trees, and flower gardens.

Rehearsal the day before had gone well.  For a May afternoon, it was a bit warm, but the breeze was cool, and clouds let the sun peek through now and then, a perfect afternoon.

So there we were, the day of the wedding, having met at the appointed time, wedding party preparing, guests anticipating the ceremony.

And it started raining.

A sprinkle at first, people returned to their cars to retrieve umbrellas and hats.

Then it started raining harder.

And I (and others) began to pray.

As I stood watching the rain, it seemed to me the longer and harder I prayed, the harder it rained!!  Several got their weather apps open on their phones, and there was a big area of heavy rain to the southwest, which in this region meant it was heading straight for us.

They announced there would be a “20 minute delay” before the ceremony, and we looked at the weather map again, and it looked that would be about right to give that BIG thunderstorm time to get to us.  We were very concerned:  There were young children and a couple of babies in the wedding party, and there was NO WAY they were going to be able to handle the rain.

Yet, we continued to pray.  I stood in the foyer watching the heavy rain batter against the windows, and renewed my plea for the rain to stop.  I knew others were praying as well.

And suddenly, it did.  Not only did it stop, but the sun came out!!  It was a beautiful ceremony.

Now people can say ‘oh, that’s just nature’ and ‘that was good luck!’

But luck had nothing to do with it.

The GOD who made nature – the clouds, the rain, the storm – can also control it, and it obeys HIM.

28 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 They were glad when it grew calm, –Psalm 107

Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, –Psalm 148

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.  –Matthew 8

 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. –Philippians 4

Luck?  Coincidence?  No!  I was there; I saw the weather map, and the red-orange indicating heavy rain minutes away.

And I watched Him stop the rain.

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