“Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’” (Matthew 14:31, New American Standard Bible)
Summer vacation. For me it means time at the beach, enjoying the soothing sound of waves while reading a good novel. The ultimate relaxation. Of course, this presupposes sunny (or at least not rainy) skies.
I watched the 15 day extended weather forecast for two weeks. I was hoping (and praying) it would change from six rainy days to at least three or four beachable days. Sunshine is great but I can be content at the beach on a cloudy day.
The day after we left home the forecast proved accurate: it rained all day. But that was okay; it was only day one. It made for a good movie day and a chance to binge watch our favorite show. Before dark it stopped raining, giving us a chance to visit the nearby beach for couple of chilly, windy hours. It was good.
The next five days were suppose to be a mix of clouds and rain. Two mornings I woke to bright skies. Being the champion of faith I am, I lost a lot of sleep night four: my grandchildren were coming. What was I going to do with three young children in an ivory carpeted rental for two whole rainy days? What if their juice boxes overflowed onto the carpet or one of the white couches? Why didn’t I think of this before we rented this lovely house?!!
Despite my lack of faith, I woke to another mostly sunny day. It doesn’t matter if you spill juice on the white sands of the beach.
So how will I sleep tonight? It’s suppose to rain tomorrow. (The kids will be here two more days.) Has my trust grown enough that rain or shine, beach or no, the ivory colored carpets will stay reasonably clean and I can relax and enjoy the time away?
I wish I could say “yes!”; honestly, I’m not sure. What I am sure of is this: when I am faithless, You are still faithful. Thankfully, Your faithfulness does not hinge on the measure of my faith. When I trust You, when I lean into You, You faithfully bless me with Your peace, even when it’s raining.
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