It was so good to see you a week or so ago. It had been a while. I enjoyed chatting with you and catching up.
I didn’t think much at the time about our talk over needing rain. It seems to be on everyone’s mind these days. We both agreed that we needed it and that we just had to keep praying that God would send it in His good time. Then we said our goodbyes and walked away.
But then I saw you again a couple of days ago. Imagine that – we don’t see each other in months and then all of the sudden it’s twice in one week! Normally I would have been delighted, but something was nagging at me. It was that silly little conversation about rain. You see, I realized I never thought again about praying for rain. I talked about needing rain. I even talked about praying for rain. But I never actually did anything about it. I never really prayed. I didn’t think about it until I saw you the second time.
The funny thing is that when we saw each other the second time, you asked me how things were going between God and me. I nervously chuckled and told you that I felt about like the ground – dry and in need of a good, soaking rain. You said you’d be praying for me and shared a few things I could pray over you as well.
And here I am again, seeing you across the way. But this time I want nothing more than to avoid you. It’s crazy because normally I absolutely love your company. Seeing you three times in such a short span would have left me delighted. But today I am trying to slip away unnoticed. I know I haven’t prayed. I haven’t prayed for rain. I haven’t opened my heart and asked for a steady soaking from the Holy Spirit. I haven’t covered your needs in prayer either. What started as just a simple discussion about the need for a good rain shower now has me running from one of my closest friends.
No, make that two of my closest friends. You and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I’m slipping away now without speaking to you. I hate to miss a chance to be with you, but there’s Someone else I need to be with more – and first. I’m not neglecting a conversation with Jesus this time. Even as I walk away, we start our conversation. Funny, but I think my soul feels a little spattering of a sprinkle already. What hope! Next time I see you, I won’t have any temptation to avoid you. Instead, I’m sure I’ll have such a delightful praise to share with you about the re-nourishment of my innermost being. I look forward to also sharing the excitement about how God has been working in you as I’ve prayed. Who knows, we might even chat as we’re watching the rain fall outside.