I once heard this story about 2 families. One of praying for rain so his crops would grow. One was praying that the rain would stay away so the hole in the roof would stop leaking. Both were faithful families with valid concerns. But it was impossible to answer both prayers. I don’t remember how the story ended, but in the end, both families got what they needed, even if it wasn’t what they’d prayed for.
Doesn’t that seem to happen so much? We pray for something, and something completely opposite happens. In the moment, it seems like the worst thing that could happen. We’re upset and frustrated and confused. It’s almost like we try holding up an umbrella to reject the blessings. We want something else instead.
But eventually, we see the light and that thing we hated becomes exactly what we needed. We close that umbrella and let the blessings pour upon us.
When I was preparing to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I looked forward to leaving in late May or early June so I could get home in time to start school January 2017. When my call came, I was report to serve on July 15, 2015. And I was kind of annoyed. Why in the world? I didn’t care that it gave me more time with family. I was only thinking ahead to 18 months down the road and where I needed to be. Of course, over those 18 months, I saw why I was there. In the last couple months, time when I could have already been home, I met amazing people and was beyond blessed. I didn’t make it home in time to start school, but in those 4 months that I stayed home, I spent time with my family, and I met my now husband. And none of that would have happened if I’d left in May or June.
The Lord is always looking ahead for us. We don’t need to stress so much about what comes in 6 months, a year, two. He’s got our back. He’s watching over us.
Don’t get me wrong, a plan is good. A plan is essential. But, we have to trust that the Lord knows best. He’ll answer our prayers in His own way and His own time. And one day, it’ll make sense.
We get one piece of the puzzle at a time, while He already has the whole painting. And it’s gorgeous.
So instead of trying to brush off the downpour of blessings that we sometimes see as burdens, let’s dance in the rain.