Sunday, April 15, 2012
God's Big Umbrella
Must be Spring! Last night my husband Joel went out on our covered porch to sit for awhile and listen to the rain as a storm passed through our area. We live in a long established association that has a country feel with lots of paths, green areas, and very few lights. At night it reminds Joel of "home", the farm where he grew up. When rain comes, it nourishes the earth and his soul.
It was also time to take Levi outside for his nightly business. Unfortunately, Levi thinks he will melt if he has to go out in the rain. He tip-toes out into the grass and always stands with his head drooping and tail down looking at us with forlorn eyes. How could we do this to him? Make him go out in the rain. Last night I heard Joel encouraging him to venture out, have courage! Finally Joel came in and got the umbrella and he and Levi went out together into the rain. Levi trusted Joel and was willing to go with him.
Listening to this event play out made me think about God's umbrella over us. So often we go about our business and all goes well until a storm comes........or it is raining hard on our parade and we feel so forlorn and just do not want to get wet. We want to stay where we feel safe and dry. God encourages us to just move forward, trust Him and all will go well. We will be safe. We will be protected, but we still are unable to take that step. So, God gets out His big umbrella and covers us with His many promises, shielding us from the rain coming down, and guiding us along the way.
I just love knowing how much God cares for each and every one of us. We are blessed to have his big umbrella of promises in His Word. We need never be afraid. We are always protected. We are always sheltered by Him. We are blessed by that big umbrella of God's promises and love!