The other night our church decided to take a trip to another local church for a special trip. It was pouring down rain and had been all day. I decided to drive myself since I have a toddler. The church was taking the bus but I didn't want to have to load his car seat in it and then go through the hassle of having to reload it back in my car when we returned from our trip, in the cold rain. It rained pretty much our whole drive to the church. When we got there I pulled to an awning and my friend Maggi unloaded Shepherd, my son, and I went to find a parking lot. It was crowded. I managed to find a parking spot not too terribly far away. Parked the car. Grabbed a jacket. Mustered up enough umph to go for it. It was a walk. I had pulled my jacket up over the top of my head and I was booking it! It was cold and I was getting wet. All the sudden I felt a covering over my head and turned to my left and looked behind me. A sweet man had caught up with me and used his umbrella to cover my head. It almost scared me in the moment until I figured out what was going on! We laughed and I thanked him. He walked me all the way to the door.
As soon as I got in the service I couldn't wait to tell my friend and my husband. I thought that was the nicest thing.
The service was great and when it ended it was time to do it all over again. You guessed it. It was still pouring down rain. I left Shepherd with Maggi, grabbed my trusty jacket, and ran out the door. I started making my fast track towards my car again. I was just starting to pull my jacket over my head again when the man in front of me carrying an umbrella turned around and caught my attention. He smiled at me and said "what's the chances that God would work this out again." It was him again. He started to put his umbrella over me again , but stopped and called out to a lady carrying a huge umbrella. He asked her to swap with him, and she did. And then he covered me with this massive umbrella and walked me all the way to my car. Not a drop of rain got on me. I was completely dry.
It's funny when you think about little things in life like this. I was in a service in a huge mega church. A building that has many different entrances and exits. A service that had at least 3,000 people in. Yet God places the same man as I was coming and going to provide me covering. When I got into the car I felt the gentle Holy Spirit whisper something to my spirit.
You see He is here. Even in the cold and the rain. Even if he has to use an man made umbrella to cover you. He will cover you.
I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am GOD, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
Isaiah 43 The Message