Last night was my daughter’s senior prom. When I woke up yesterday morning, I turned on the news and saw that the weather report for the afternoon and evening was awful. There was an 80% chance of rain and thunderstorms, (possibly severe) and the temperature was going to soar to almost 90 degrees. The kids had planned to gather with all their friends in the park downtown to take pictures and meet the “limo-bus” that was to drive them to a restaurant almost an hour away. I started to worry. You know how moms think..”what about her hair? what about the dangerous wet roads? what about…”
I picked up my copy of the devotional, Jesus Calling, and flipped to the reading for the day. The title was “This is the day that I have made.” I sat down and adjusted my glasses.. “This is the day that I have made. Rejoice and be glad in it. Begin the day with open hands of faith, ready to receive all that I am pouring into this brief portion of your life. Be careful not to complain about anything, even the weather, since I am the Author of your circumstances.”
I know many people say they feel that this little daily devotional speaks directly to them, but seriously, “be careful not to complain about anything, even the weather?” …I’m pretty sure that was a message for me.
And so I didn’t..I said my prayers, thanked God for the day, asked for it not to rain and went about my business. I can’t say I wasn’t sad to see the clouds building around noon, but I just whispered “your will be done Lord”..and I meant it.
The kids all met in the park at the appointed hour, all 40 of them with happy parents in tow taking hundreds of pictures. A refreshing breeze had blown in off the ocean and pushed every last cloud out west. The sky was crystal blue.
Not one single drop of rain fell on a day the weather man predicted an 80% chance that it would.
Is God big enough to even care about the weather on my daughter’s prom day with so much other, more serious, stuff needing His attention in the world? Yes, I believe He is. We aren’t bothering God when we place our needs before Him, no matter how insignificant they may seem in comparison to others. We are told to make our requests known to Him, to let go of our anxieties, and to know deep in our soul that no matter how things turn out, He will be with us. And while I do not profess to understand His ways, why some prayers are answered..and some are not..I do know this- regardless of the outcome, I trust Him.