The Rain

Friday morning was a busy morning.  I had a list of things to do to be ready for the party.  I was actually doing two parties that night, one for Haley’s 9th birthday (to start at 6), and one to celebrate my friend Ashley going to Ireland for 4 months as a missionary (to start at 7).  Ashley’s party was going to be outside around a bonfire in the back field.  The only problem was that for a week the forecast called for rain.  Thursday I, along with another friend, started praying for no rain.  The morning of the party, the clouds hung low and the air was thick.  I sat in my office and prayed,

 “Lord, you are the same God who parted the Red Sea, I know what I’m asking for is not a big deal to you.  I’m asking one more time, please hold back the clouds.  Part the sky over this field like you parted the Red Sea.  Let it rain around us, but hold the rain from this bonfire.  We want to honor and worship you tonight with this party.  Let your glory be revealed to everyone here by answering this prayer. Also, make you’re Word come alive to me as I read this morning.  Speak to me through it.  Thank you.  I pray this boldly and believing,  in Jesus’ name.  Amen.”

Next, I went to Bible Gateway to search for a verse I wanted to post on Facebook about wisdom.  James 5:17 popped up.  I knew this wasn’t the verse about wisdom, but now my curiosity was up.  No kidding, here’s what I read,

“Elijah was a human being, even as we are.  He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.” James 5:17

I laughed.  God was saying,  just pray believing and watch me do the rest.  I knew in that moment that it would not rain.

Several people mentioned throughout the day on Friday, “You know there’s a 100% chance of rain tonight, right?”  I just smiled and said, “Yep, that’s what I’ve heard!”

The party was underway.  We were having a wonderful time around the bonfire.  It was now 9 pm, the time it had been forecasted to start pouring rain.  The winds picked up.  We could see lightening and dark clouds all around us in the distance.  The wind kept shifting directions.  We were singing praises to God around the fire.  Several were playing guitar and drums.  It was a beautiful sound.  There were thick clouds all around.  I looked straight up and over us the stars were sparkling and the moon was shining bright.  He was doing it.  He held the clouds and rain back and opened the canopy of the sky right over our heads.  We worshiped under the stars in the middle of a major storm.  It was so awesome.  His glory was revealed to all of us.  It rained that night, but not drops of rain.  He rained His presence. We got to see God.  Holy Spirit poured out like the rain. 

 “Since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”  Romans 1:20

6 thoughts on “The Rain

  1. Laurie Whin says:

    What a beautiful picture of the sweetness of our Lord, as He blessed your time of fellowship with Him.

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      Yes, this was such a lovely night of worship as we “saw” God and His glory in such a tangible way! Wished so much that everyone could’ve been there to witness it, which is why I HAD to write about it:)

  2. Rivera Douthit says:

    Rick, I’m so glad you were able to come. I loved that God used YOU to bring everyone together to pray specifically over Ashley. It was a beautiful moment, captured by Liz’s photography:) Wonderful God-filled night!

  3. Rick Huffstetler says:

    To think, I got to witness at least some of this! What an awesome God we serve! I have a video I want to show you and your lifegroup, if you would allow me. It is a similar theme as this that happened to a dear friend of my daughter. It will bring tears and blessings!
    You bless me so! Love you!

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