Day 5 of 30 days to be thankful: Rain. It’s back. And, I’m grateful. It reminds me of my friend, Mark.
We shared faith and friendship as teenagers. Shortly before a drunk driver hit and killed him on one of our Oregon highways, Mark asked some of us to a party in the rain. We laughed, ate food, played music, and danced. At the end of the party, we held hands and prayed, thanking God for the rain and friendship, asking to be used to make a difference in the world.
A few months later, I sat beside him in intensive care, unaware it would be the last time to see him this side of heaven. When I turned to leave, he told me to make sure to take time to dance in the rain, celebrating the work of God.
Celebration is a matter of gratefulness. Today, I’m grateful to have known my friend Mark, who showed me how to party in the rain. I want to dance more in the rain and complain less about the rain.
Though Mark only lived for 18 years, his life continues to impact me. And. I know I’m not the only one. God answered his prayer in the rain. In fact, there are many stories when rain changed the course of history. In the ancient days, one man named Elijah prayed during a three-year drought, believing God would bring the rain. It’s recorded in I Kings 18: 41-42:
Then Elijah said to Ahab,
“Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!”
So Ahab went to eat and drink.
But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel
and bowed low to the ground
prayed with his face between his knees.
The words in I Kings 18 brings clarity to what happens when someone prays. No one expected the rain to come because one man prayed to his God. But. God answered Elijah’s prayer. The rain came.
I’m grateful, celebrating the rain today.
(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)