Four Months of Rain

“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed… nothing will be impossible for you.”

Jesus

In the movie, “Facing the Giants” a man gives a modern day parable: “Two farmers”, he said, “prayed for rain. One then went about his business while the other went out and prepared his field to receive the rain… Which man, do you think, was expecting rain? Which man are you?”

Now, I thought about that question a lot – both before May 21, 2014, and after May 21, 2014. What happened on that day? Well for one thing, I stopped just praying for rain – I went out and got a rain gauge to measure it. That very night the folks who were present at the Wednesday night prayer meeting, huddled together in the foyer of the church of Christ on Main Street in the dark. We were in the dark because of a really big lightning strike.

And it began to rain.

One of the men led a prayer, in the dark, in the foyer, and thanked God for those first few drops of moisture, while humbly beseeching Him for more if it was His will.

Last night in the foyer of the church of Christ on Main Street – four months to the day of the events mentioned above – we huddled together and watched the rain pouring down as folks ran to the building in a vain effort to keep from getting wet. A few minutes later we made it to the auditorium and started the worship, as one man put it, in a rain delay.

After receiving only 35” of rain in the 3 1/2 years prior to May 21st, 2014 - the worst 3 ½ year period of drought ever recorded in the Texas Panhandle - we have since received over 15” of rain. In just four months! Now I am not saying it is because I got a rain gauge because I was expecting rain, nor am I saying it was because we huddled and prayed for rain on the night it began (we got 0.35” that evening). What I am saying is that these are just two of literally thousands of prayers and “mustard seed” acts of faith that were occurring all over this region on the evening that God began to heal our land with rain.

If God can do a little thing like breaking an historic drought, just imagine what He can do with the really big problems in our lives… if we will only have faith as small as a grain of mustard seed and the presence of mind to ask for whatever we need in prayer!

“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”

James 5:16-17