Raindrops on the Sheets
When I read scripture, I'm amazed by the miracles and wonder why I can't have the same things. Well, we can all have those things!
Many years ago when our sons were young, my husband was offered a job promotion that would take us out of state and away from our families, friends, and the small Atlanta Mission. It was a tremendous decision that had many pros and cons, but I especially didn't want to leave our small mission.
One afternoon as I was taking my sheets off the clothesline, I was asking God what should we do. Gideon immediately came into my mind and gave me an idea. If God could show Gideon what to do through simple fleece and dew, then why couldn't He do something similar for me?
I looked up at the bright, sunny blue sky, and there wasn't a cloud in sight. Excited, I began to pray that God would cause rain to fall on me but not on my sheets if we were to stay in Georgia. Much to my shock but wonderful joy, several rain droplets fell on me — I could actually feel them falling on me — but none touched the sheets. I looked up into the sky to see if a cloud had suddenly appeared ... but there were still no clouds anywhere.
Then I wondered if this was a fluke and returned to God in prayer asking Him to forgive me for asking again but, like Gideon, I needed to know that this was from Him so that we would not make the wrong decision. This time, I asked for the rain droplets to fall onto my dry sheets and not on me if we were to stay. Once again, rain droplets fell ... but this time they fell on my dry sheets and not on me. The drops were visible on the sheets!
I fell to my knees, praising and thanking Him for answering my prayers and for forgiving me for having to ask a second time. What a loving, merciful Savior we serve and love! No. 121 in The Songs of Zion, "The Journey Was Easy" says, "With all of my failures, With all of my fears, With all my downsittings and so many tears; My Father in heaven looks down from above, With eyes full of mercy and arms full of love." The third verse says, "I'll lead and I'll carry just hold to My hand."
P.S. We stayed in Atlanta, and my husband had to take a demotion and pay cut, which was very difficult, but about a year later, another airline bought the airline my husband worked for. That airline fired all of the employees who had moved to that position. If God hadn't directed me, we might have moved there and a year later had no job, no equity in our house, and no family or friends nearby. I praise Him and thank Him for His direction in our lives!
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