I know this sounds petty, but the Bible says “In [everything] give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18), so I want to publicly thank God for helping us with our yard sale today. We held the yard sale today because we are moving soon, and we need to downsize and sell as much as possible. The obstacle we faced was the weather. Mankind has done many amazing things: we’ve gone to the moon (and may be going back again), we’ve mapped much of the human genome, we’ve changed the course of rivers to bring electric power to some of the most remote places, but we still cannot control the weather.
But God can.
The thing that threatened our yard sale was the risk of a thunderstorm. The forecasts were all predicting it, but I told my wife the day before that “if God can send a drought to an entire kingdom, He can hold off the rain for a few hours for a yard sale.”
And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. (1 Kings 17:1)
But early this morning, I could hear a violent storm outside: crashes of thunder, flashes of lightning, driving rain and gusty winds. I have to admit that when I heard that, I felt my faith crack a little. I thought maybe my prayers had been in vain. But instead of completely giving up hope, I prayed again and asked that God to have mercy on our yard sale. By 6:30 a.m. the clouds were still there, the ground was wet, but the rain had stopped. We proceeded with our little yard sale and continued to pray for the rain to hold off and for people to come. The rain held off, and people came. Praise God! Thank You, Jesus! In fact, the skies eventually cleared up and the clouds didn’t come back until we had everything shut down.
Did we make enough money to save the house and pay off our mortgage? No. That only happens in Hallmark movies and frankly, I’m not a fan. (My dog Gronk is, but that’s another story.) However, what we were able to make today will cover the cost of renting our moving truck. So, I just want to say, “Thank You, God, for helping us with our yard sale!”
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