This may be on the brief side, but it is well worth noting.
Not too long ago, my family and I were going to be driving back from Michigan to Ohio with a trailer and a truck full of furniture and things that we were bringing back from my Mom’s house. (I’m sure you’re familiar with this type of situation–you don’t really have the room for it, but if you want it you need to get it.)
My best friend from high school hooked up with me and helped load everything, tarping and strapping it all down and generally using every bungie cord and strap on-hand to make sure nothing was going anywhere it shouldn’t for the trip back. As we were doing this, we found out from my wife that rain was no only expected at different times on the way back, but the closer we got to home, the more rain was supposed to come (“locally heavy at times” was the way it read). It’s important to know that we were only up there from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon and the repeated checks on the weather showed us no rain at all for either location. Now it’s changed to this?? Great….
So we repacked some things and tried as best we could to prepare for any and all possible wetness. And when it was all done, we prayed together. Nothing fancy….just declaring the Word of God over our situation and asking Him to make any rain go around us as we travelled back so that nothing would get wet (we’re talking antique furniture and collectibles that really shouldn’t see water at all).
So what happened? God is faithful, that’s what happened! We didn’t encounter any type of threatening weather until the last half of our trip. And when we did, we found that we were either driving ahead of the threatening skies, or driving through areas that had recently had rain but it wasn’t raining now, or driving through little pockets of rainfall that didn’t last long and dried up quickly. It was literally going around us as we were making our way home! And when we finally got there, not a thing was even wet!
Think what you will, but I know God answers the prayers of His people. A man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with a theory…..