She took her umbrella to church



"O, Thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee all flesh shall come." -- Psalm lxv. 2.


There had been a drought for weeks in America, and the farmers had arranged to gather in the little prairie church and plead for rain. Men of God they were, and the crops were languishing, so they resolved to petition the Almighty that he should send rain. The day was appointed, and the Sabbath dawned on which in their little church they would have public prayer to God for rain. The minister, a good man, was astonished, that cloudless summer morning, to see on the way to church one of the smallest of his Sabbath school scholars carrying a big family umbrella. Oh, what a size it was. The morning was hot and blistering; there was no sign of rain. Aye, but that little heart had heard the intimation given that prayer was to be made for rain, and in the simplicity of her faith she came prepared for the answer to that prayer. The minister had no umbrella; he was dressed in summer costume; and, as he patted the little girl on the head, he thought that in her childish innocence -- though in reality it was her superior faith -- she had made a mistake. The service proceeded, the prayer ascended. Look at those clouds as they gather and roll up on the horizon. What is the meaning of that lightning flash of the torrents of rain that are pouring down on the roof of that prairie church? The little girl has the best of it. The minister was glad to go home under the little girl's despised umbrella; and as she sheltered the pastor in his summer costume, do you think that her faith was justified and greatly strengthened? Ah, man; many a time you have been laughed at for carrying a big umbrella in a time of drought. Pray on, though the skies be as brass. Pray on in times of trouble. "O, Thou that hearest prayer" -- it is true, it is true about God; and all flesh shall come to him that heareth prayer. -- Christian Scotsman.


From: Present Day Parables by J. Wilbur Chapman.