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Pack Your Umbrella

Scenario: On Thursday, the forecast shows 100% chances of rain for this Saturday. You are planning to have a birthday party out at the local park. What do you do? You could cancel the party. You could start cleaning the inside of your house assuming the party will be moved inside. Or you could still plan on going to the park, but pack your umbrella. Either way, for the next few days you will probably be watching the weather. Even if it is currently 100% sunny you would still trust the forecast and plan accordingly. We had a similar situation, except it actually happened and instead of rain it was ice….

Back in December, we were supposed to go to Palm Springs. Our flight was to leave Friday morning, but the week leading up to the trip the news and weathermen were talking about the upcoming ice storm we were to get in Dallas. By Thursday morning, I decided to call the airline to see if we could fly out on Thursday. Apparently, everyone else had the same idea, as there were no flights available. Keep in mind at this point, there was no sign of precipitation. I don’t quite remember, but being typical Dallas weather it could have still been 70 degrees at this point. There was no ice yet, but we were told it was coming. So people started preparing. Schools and businesses started shutting down on Thursday in anticipation of the storm on Friday. The food and water at local groceries were wiped out. Pipes and plants were covered and everyone assumed they would be inside for days. There was a lot of preparation for something we couldn’t see or hadn’t even happened yet.

Isn’t this what faith looks like? Faith is making decisions based on what God says prior to what He does. Faith demands you operate on it before you see it. Hebrews 11:1 says “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  So even if you don’t see the rain or storm coming, you might try to change your flight, move venues for the upcoming party, or prepare by packing your umbrella. Isn’t it amazing how even if it’s perfectly sunny, but the forecast said 100% chance of participation, we would pack an umbrella all because of what a weatherman said? How can we apply this same concept, walking by faith, to our everyday life?

“Faith is acting like it is so, even when it is not so, in order that it might be so, simply because God said so.” – Tony Evans

What are you believing in faith for? If you already have it or can see it, it’s not faith. If you are believing in faith for a baby, what are doing in action to prepare for being a parent? Are you getting a nursery ready? Paying off debt and saving for the new baby purchases you will have? Discussing names with your spouse? Eating right and taking care of your body? Aren’t we supposed to do these things as if what we are believing for is going to happen. Isn’t that what faith is? The list could go on and on and doesn’t just apply to a baby. It could be a spouse, a house, a new job, financial breakthrough, healing, a restored relationship, etc.

Preparing ourselves for the fulfillment of God’s promises, however unlikely they may seem, demonstrates our faith. 

So pack your umbrella and join me in believing in faith for whatever it is that you are waiting for.

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23 Comments
  • Cheryl Smith
    Posted at 09:45h, 04 June Reply

    Wonderful thoughts, Caroline! God help me to keep my faith umbrella with me at all times!

  • Robyn
    Posted at 09:47h, 04 June Reply

    love love love this analogy!!! 🙂

  • Emily @ EatLoveProcreate
    Posted at 10:02h, 04 June Reply

    Love the parallel. Stuff like that makes those lessons stick in my mind more. Faith umbrella…check!

  • Amie
    Posted at 10:35h, 04 June Reply

    This is a perfect example!! Crazy we believe 100% what the weatherman says but don’t trust 100% what God is telling us. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 11:46h, 04 June Reply

    Great post!

  • Alexis
    Posted at 12:05h, 04 June Reply

    I love this reminder. Some days it’s easier than others. I remember when the doctor told me that IVF was my only option I stopped taking vitamins and preparing for baby. I thought, “What’s the point?” But after learning about God’s promises I went back to preparing my body for baby. We even bought a rocking chair for our future little ones!

  • Susannah
    Posted at 12:44h, 04 June Reply

    I love this analogy a lot! 🙂

  • dspence
    Posted at 13:08h, 04 June Reply

    Love it!

  • Kara
    Posted at 13:16h, 04 June Reply

    LOVE this analogy! Such a great way to remember and so cute -I’ll be thinking of it as “packing my umbrella” from now on. XO

    p.s. My umbrella is packed for you! love ya!

  • Jessah
    Posted at 14:04h, 04 June Reply

    Needed to read this today! Having faith in the waiting and believing it will happen even if you can’t see it.

  • Kelli B
    Posted at 15:51h, 04 June Reply

    This is so true! Very good analogy!! And yes…I remember that ice storm. I went to the grocery store just to get a few items (not stock up) and I noticed that the bread was totally gone as well as other items.

  • Elisha
    Posted at 18:04h, 04 June Reply

    I have often thought about writing a post similar to this one but never found the words….I’m so glad you did 🙂 hugs!

    waitingforbabybird,com

  • Amber Mueller
    Posted at 18:05h, 04 June Reply

    This is such a great way to look at faith – awesome, girl! Thank you for sharing

  • Natalie
    Posted at 19:33h, 04 June Reply

    Amazing as always!! I love the analogy 🙂

  • Mel @ there is a higher hope
    Posted at 20:37h, 04 June Reply

    Beautiful, Caroline!

  • Síochána Arandomhan
    Posted at 22:17h, 04 June Reply

    I like your analogy, and I think it is true that we should prepare for the life we want. Although I have never much liked umbrellas – too windy here for them! So I’d be the one dancing in the rain. 🙂

  • Nat
    Posted at 06:35h, 05 June Reply

    beautiful! xx

  • jennifer prod
    Posted at 12:29h, 05 June Reply

    this is one of the most beautiful examples of faith i’ve heard- simultaneously relevant and universal. on a side note, there was a 100% chance of rain for my outdoor mountain wedding, and guess what?! no rain!!! hehe.. 🙂 i had bought rainboots and umbrellas and all sorts of things to prepare, and then, just before the ceremony, the sun came out 🙂

  • Morgan
    Posted at 11:20h, 06 June Reply

    This makes me think of our wedding. We had initially rented tents “just in case it rained”. As the date got closer and closer and our pocket book for wedding expenses got smaller and smaller my Hubs suggested we cancel the reservation of the tents. I was so hesistant at first, but… what if it rains…. what if its cold…. Needless to say, I finally walked in faith that our wedding would be hot and sunny and my biggest jump in faith was not even bringing the umbrella so to speak! YIKES!

    I agree, completely with this. Even in the midst of healing from our loss we are still moving forward with decorating and purchasing items for that baby that we know is coming someday, soon! Love this, faith and preparing for what He has for us!

  • Erika B.
    Posted at 13:26h, 06 June Reply

    Ack, I totally forgot to comment on this! But I LOVED this post and have totally had it ‘stuck in my head’ for days now, so thank you so much for sharing this truth!!!

  • Megan Davis
    Posted at 06:07h, 07 June Reply

    Love me some Tony Evans 🙂 Great post friend!!

  • Renee@Doorkeeper
    Posted at 07:40h, 07 June Reply

    Such a great metaphor & sweet reminder. Thanks for stirring up our faith! I’m visiting from the blog link up. Blessings!

  • Chantel
    Posted at 08:27h, 09 June Reply

    <3 this Caroline! It's something I've been doing a lot more of in this season, thank yo so much for sharing!

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