Friday morning was busy. I had a list of things to do to be ready for the parties. We were having two parties that night, one for Haley’s 9th birthday and one to celebrate my friend Ashley’s 4 month missionary trip to Ireland. Ashley’s party was going to be outside around a bonfire in the back field a little later than Haley’s. The only problem? For a week the forecast called for rain. All day Thursday I prayed for no rain. Friday came. The clouds hung low, and the air was thick. I sat in my office and prayed again.
“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. Let us see You. Also, make Your Word come alive to me as I read this morning. Speak to me through it. Thank you. I pray this expectantly and believing, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
As I searched that day for the James verse on wisdom, God took me to James 5:17. I knew this wasn’t the wisdom verse, but I was curious about what God wanted to say to me.
“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. “No way,” I thought. “Yes,” He answered. God was saying, “You’ve prayed believing, now let Me do my part.” I knew right then 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 past time for that forecasted rain to pour. The winds picked up. We could see lightning 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. Thick clouds surrounded with beautiful sounds of music rising. I looked straight up, the stars were sparkling and the moon was shining bright.
He was doing it! God held the clouds and rain back and opened the sky’s canopy 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 wet drops of rain. His presence poured over us, and we got to see God… as he held the rain.