When asked if I had plans for the weekend I replied, “Yes, we’re heading for the lake.” My friend reminded me that the weather forecast called for rain. I told her that it didn’t matter, we were still going. She said that it would sure matter to her.
There was a time I would have felt the same way. Circumstances would have dictated the plans I made or the things I accomplished. I have since learned better.
Napoleon Hill, the author of Think and Grow Rich (one of the best- selling books of all time) said, “Don’t wait; the time will never be just right.” This is a good reminder for me that if I wait for what I believe to be perfect timing, I’ll be missing out on life.
I have stepped out and done things I never thought possible. Even though I felt unsure at best and downright fear at the worst, I did it anyway. The key for me was being open to the leading of the Lord.
As for that trip to the lake – yes it did rain. I was able to spend quiet time reading. Something I read gave me inspiration for an article I needed to write. When the skies cleared there was time for a long walk. I don’t regret a minute of it.
The rain in my life gives me the opportunity to sit quietly with God. He always has lessons to teach. They refresh me and give me the strength to move forward; knowing he is holding my hand all the way.
For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13 NIV