Monday, August 25, 2008

The Sun Shone

I think I was still dreaming when I heard the question, "are you watching Nigeria's match?"

I had no plans to. I could manage the gist of Nigeria vs Argentina. My eyes were still shut and I was somewhere between dream world and consciousness when I replied, "It’s too early for me this Saturday. Will get up by 6a.m.”

I needed my beauty sleep. And I had a long day ahead of me. Our company was holding a family day that Saturday. As a member of the organizing committee, I felt I had to conserve enough energy for any task ahead.

Suddenly, the rain started falling. Not drizzling. It was a torrential rain. Instantly I sat up on the bed with my eyes wide open. There was no atom of sleep left in me.

What! I screamed in my heart. How can rain fall today. God! Did we not pray that rain will not fall on this day? Have I not gone around boasting that the rain will not fall? Have I not been talking about August break? Where did this rain come from?

I tried to remove my mind from the thoughts running through my head. I was upset with God. I fixed my eyes on the TV as if I was really interested in the match.

The rain will not fall during the event. That was what you prayed for.
But in the past few days, when the rain starts like this, it does not end until the next day.
All you have to do is believe that the rain will not fall.
While I am seeing and hearing it? Oh Please!!!

For without faith, it is impossible to please Me.

I became quiet for a moment. The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof. He has the power to change the weather. He held the rain on my wedding day. What made me think He could not do it again?

The rain became heavier but by that time, fear had left me. I smiled. As long as God has said the rain will not fall during the event, it will not fall. I thanked Him for it. I became filled with peace. I watched the first half of the match then drifted off to a dreamless sleep.

That day remains a testimony. The sun shone brightly throughout the event. I could not compare the warmth with the rain that fell that same morning. Everyone talked about the weather and marveled at how beautiful it was for the occasion. Then when I got back home, the rain continued.

You may have prayed to God but certain circumstances show up to make you think He has not answered your prayer. Have faith in God. As long as you have prayed according to His will, He has surely answered you. Don't be discouraged by the current, temporal, doubt-raising situation.


aloted said...

True talk...u have said it all.

Thanks for sharing

Rita Esuru Okoroafor said...

@ Aloted: You're welcome. Meanwhile, u know u are the gratitude champion. I like the way you are grateful for the things in your life.

aloted said...

Aww..thanks for the compliment...

I am still in the gratitude school cuz sometimes I forgot to be thankful...:) Being thankful has helped me change my attitude towards life.

Hope u having a good week so far?

Rita Esuru Okoroafor said...

Yeah, being thankful has also changed my attitude towards life. It amazes me when I can find 10 things to be thankful for everyday.

My week has been great so far though it seems a bit slow to me. Thanks.

Wishing you a beautiful rest of the week.

tobenna said...

So it was you that made that day like that?
na wah oh..
I knew something spiritual was happening!
You strong oh...

Rita Esuru Okoroafor said...

@ Tobenna: LOL. I had a specific area in mind not the whole PH or Nigeria. Maybe there were prayer warriors all over the place for their respective reasons... u know rain can spoil plenty plans.

Thanks for stopping by.

princesa said...

Faith is awesome!

Rita Esuru Okoroafor said...

@ Princesa: I agree with you.
@ Tobenna: I think faith was happening that day.