Bring Your Umbrella
By Steve Goodier
One summer, a drought threatened the crop in a small town. On a hot and dry
Sunday, the village parson told his congregation, "There isn't anything that
will save us except to pray for rain. Go home, pray, believe, and come back next
Sunday ready to thank God for sending rain."
The people did as they were told and returned to church the following Sunday.
But as soon as the parson saw them, he was furious. "We can't worship today. You
do not yet believe," he said.
"But," they protested, "we prayed, and we do believe."
"Believe?" he responded. "Then where are your umbrellas?"
The story applies to all of us. There are those people who leave their umbrellas
at home. Throughout their lives, they are merely hoping their wishes and prayers
will bear fruit, but they expect little.
Others expect their dreams and desires to come to pass. It is as if they journey
through life always prepared for something to happen.
Today, how will you approach that which you are yearning for? Will you expect
your prayers and work to bring about hoped-for results? Will you bring your
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