It Just Isn’t Fair



Me:  Howdy, Prodigal and Mr. Turtle.  How are you this fine day?


Prodigal:  We are great!  We are about to go fishing on this wonderful day at the beach.


Me:  I hope you catch something!


Prodigal:  Me too!  I would like to hear a story though before we leave.


Me:  Of course, todays story comes from God’s Little Devotional Book for Women.


For weeks, eight-year-old Susie had been looking forward to a particular Saturday fishing trip with her dad.  But when the day finally arrived, it was raining heavily.

Susie wandered around the house all morning, grumbling as she peered out the windows, “Seems like the Lord would know it would have been better to have the rain yesterday than today.”  Her father tried to explain how important the rain was to the farmers and gardeners.  But Susie only replied, “It just isn’t fair.”

Around three o’clock, the rain stopped.  There was still time for fishing, so father and daughter quickly loaded their gear and headed for the lake.  Because of the rainstorm, the fish were really biting.  Within a couple of hours, they returned with a full stringer of fish.

At the family’s “fish dinner” that night.  Susie was asked to say grace.  She concluded her prayer by saying, “And, Lord, if I sounded grumpy earlier today, it was because I couldn’t see far enough ahead.

When we seek God’s advice in our lives, it is important to realize He alone can see what is coming!

I can hear you.  You have been grumbling today.  It is raining and you just don’t want it to rain today.  NOT TODAY!  Maybe tomorrow, maybe next Thursday, but not today.  The rain is for a purpose.  You can’t see ahead to how the Lord will bring a stringer of fish for you.  So maybe, just maybe.  Even though you don’t feel like it.  Praise God for the rain, then wait expectantly for the sun to shine!


Humble yourself therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time 1 Peter 5:6


Jennifer Van Allen

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