As a drought continued for what seemed
an eternity, a small community of
farmers was in a quandary as to what to
do. Rain was important to keep their
crops healthy and sustain the way of
life of the townspeople.
As the problem became
more acute, a local pastor called a
prayer meeting to ask for rain.
Many people arrived.
The pastor greeted most of them as they
filed in. As he walked to the front of
the church to officially begin the
meeting he noticed most people were
chatting across the aisles and
socializing with friends. When he
reached the front his thoughts were on
quieting the attendees and starting the
His eyes scanned the
crowd as he asked for quiet. He noticed
an eleven year-old girl sitting quietly
in the front row. Her face was beaming
with excitement. Next to her, poised and
ready for use, was a bright red
umbrella. The little girl's beauty and
innocence made the pastor smile as he
realized how much faith she possessed.
No one else in the congregation had
brought an umbrella.
All came to pray for
rain, but the little girl had come
expecting God to answer….
- Author Unknown -
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