The rain started to get heavier so I got the largest umbrella I owned out of the car. My friends had only brought a blanket so I gave them a couple small umbrellas. As soon as we arrived, we were told the band had broken down and would be late. We ended up on some bleachers to sit, the kind you see at a baseball game for little kids. We seem to be able to keep ourselves company while waiting for the band to start. Then out of no where the bottom fell out and it literally rained sideways for 45 minutes. As far as running under the shelter, well, remember about this being a small place? There wasn't any shelter except for the band that was STILL NOT THERE. LOL. As the rain kept coming, there was very little left on any of us that was dry. All we could do was laugh. I don't remember the last time I had enjoyed myself so much. The last time I slowed down long enough to experience God's joy. My friend Elliott said he enjoyed the rain more than anything.
Well by now it was 9pm (2 hours after the band was supposed to start) and they finally arrived. They worked so hard to get set up. They had been on a bus for 30 hours. They were tired and hungry and getting wet trying to unload their gear. Why not just cancel it, I thought? Why not reschedule for a later date? Yes the rain had stopped but at this point, it was so late. This was a tiny town of locals, what would it really matter, right? Well, even though it would be 10pm before they would start (we had a 2 hour drive home) and even though we were out in the sticks and even though everyone from kids to grannies was wet to the bone and even though mosquito's were everywhere, GOD still reigned. God has something to say and none of us was ready to go home until HE spoke. Out in this little place, this little town in the middle of eastern North Carolina, God had something he wanted to say to us.
What did God say? No matter what you are going through. No matter where you live. No matter how bad the storm. No matter how bad your finances are, your health, your love life, God still is in charge. He is still on the throne. He loves each of us whether we are in a tiny town or a big city. Sometimes you have to have a little solitude to hear Him. Sometimes you need a little rain. Deuteronomy 32:2
Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants. Kris SwiatochoFromHisHands.com