ONE MAN’S BLESSINGS; ANOTHER’S SORROW

rain

I have often heard people talk about it. I have read about it severally but  I have never had the opportunity to witness nature and the magnitude of God’s awesomeness until one morning.

It started like a normal Saturday morning but offensively warm as the sun came out earlier than expected. Everyone busied with laundry not to waste away the usefulness of the sun. Minutes later, the sun disappeared giving way to a cloudy sky but it was still warm so we had no concern of rain.

Gradually, the scent of fresh water rain glided in through my window interrupting my morning devotion. I could not resist as I stood and went to the balcony to see if it was really going to rain. Since our staying in this new place the balcony had been my favorite viewing spot. The view is usually beautiful especially because our house is on a hill. It gives me the privilage of seeing an entire valley of houses and activities.

Right above the houses on the valley, I saw a whirlwind! So much dust spinning in the air! It was as though the valley had disappeared as it was covered with a smoke like air. It caught my interest as I fixed my gazed. Then it began to rain heavily in the vallay, yet not raining at where I stood! How possible? How could it rain at house 3 and nothing of such is happening at house 5. God! Then gradually, the rain came to where I was as though it heard me.

The sight was very lovely and gave me another opportunity to be drown again in the awesomeness of God. As it poured heavily, few houses away, a man ran into the rain rejoicing at the heavy downpour. He has a small farm in front of his house and has just planted vegetables. He walked in the heavy downpour inspecting the plants. Smiling happily. I guess appreciating God and enjoying the coolness of the morning rain.

Sadly, his neighbour, did not see this as a blessing as the family of four struggled with part of their roof which had just been blown away by the wind. Most of their properties were in threat of being destroyed by the rain. The wife was shouting, “Lord please have mercy on us”. In futitlity they left the roof. It was badly damaged and there was not much they could do in the rain.

As I watched these scenerios trying to figure out how God works, I turned my gaze away praying for this family even though I had silently rejoiced with the farmer. My concentration was distracted by a  a driver in a Deawoo car just in front of my house. He was struggling to cover his side of the window with a plastic bag, but the wind was too strong. The screen was obviously gone. He looked dressed for an occassion. He was soon drenched just by trying to shield himself in his car. I recognised the car as I have seen it in the area before. It looked nice, new and I would never guessed it could have a minor fault that would cost the owner his outing or delay him.

Life! One man’s blessing, yet another’s sorrow! The farmer’s prayer was answered as it rained. He probably have been expecting it for God knows how long. His business was in threat as he was not sure if the vegetable would turn out well if the rain delayed. Who knows, he may even have been up all night crying and calling upon God! By morning God answered.

This is not to say that God is partial to those who struggled in the rain. He usually answers our prayers in a way we mostly don’t expect. He could have provided a new or better accomodation for the family with a blown roof. He could be deliberately delaying the one in the car for maybe to avenge an unlikely situation. Anything God allows is for our own good.

Be patient! God is not through with you yet.

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