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Waiting In The Rain

  • Psalm 37:7
    Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

    OK, HOW MANY OF YOU OUT THERE HAVE EVER “WAITED” IN THE RAIN?

    If you live anywhere in the world, chances are you have “WAITED” in the rain, walked and “WAITED” in the rain, some have run and “WAITED in the rain.

    So where do you WAIT” in the rain? How about a bus stop..Now some places have those little phone booth type ‘WAITING” areas, complete with a little seat so while you are “WAITING” you can stay dry till the bus comes. But before you got to that little covering, you had to walk to the bus stop. By the time you get to this little shelter, you have accidentally stepped in a few puddles, (no one but a kid on a hot day, steps in a puddle on purpose), your umbrella turned inside out because of the wind, a car drove by and hit the hole that was in the street, sending a wave of water all over the front of you, soaking every part you. You can do nothing but move forward, the little shelter is within site, you can gather your wits about you while you “WAIT” for the bus to pick you up.

    Awe, you make it, you drop your stuff, your lunch, extra shoes, like sneakers, a magazine, maybe your grocery shopping list to look over when you have time. You know the stuff you haul everyday..(Today you left your extra sox at home, dugh!). You are trying to get your umbrella back into the right position since the wind turned it inside out , you are so flustered, cold, and wet, what more could happen? You hear the bus coming, but he is coming awful fast, oh no you think, yep, he hits a puddle of water that sends another wave right in your direction. Your mascara is now running, your hair no longer has a curl in it, and your shoes are squeeking..The bus stops, you board it, deposit your now dripping money, find a seat, sit down and as you “WAIT” to get to work, you begin to cry…

    So what is a little more water at this point..

    I am not a rainy day person…You know the song that goes “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down”?...One day of rain, I can handle, day two I start to slide over the edge, from day three on, I am in a state of ‘WAITING” for the sun to return. I have, by now, consumed a bag of cookies, and have eaten half a gallon of ice cream. The blues have set in and I have gone through a box of Kleenex. Not only is it raining out side, but it is now raining inside.

    You get up early Saturday morning, and your list of things to get done in one day is alarmingly long. In my family, it is always about the food. So of course food shopping is the first on the list of things to do. You made the list, you cut the coupons, and you have perused the sale flyers. You have to shop a couple of stores because some sales are better in one store than the other..And where else but Walmart can you buy a 25 lb of kitty litter for under $3.00, that works?… I CAN TELL YOU, NO WHERE!!!

    You make your way out. You get to the store early enough that you can park in the front row, in the very first non handicap parking spot…YEAH!!

    The greeter at the door is an old woman, you know she is past 65 but she needs to support herself because her husband left her for a younger woman. She is sleeping on the motorized cart in the corner…She never sees me come in, so I tip toe by her till I have to get a cart out, of course the one I choose is going to stick to the one behind it. The greeter is now awake, I say good morning, and she groans something that reflects good morning, and I go on my way.

    I pause and “WAIT” a moment, get out my list, take my coat off, get out my pen, and take a moment to decide which direction to go in. Either way, I have to drastically go in one direction or another at some point in this shopping spree.

    It is 5:30 am on a Saturday morning, I assure you there is no other time to shop than this. No screaming kids, not outlandish music playing, no long lines. Of course you may have to contend with boxes being unloaded in the isles as they stock the shelves. There is no pressure, and you can just stroll down each isle. Most people know me in Walmart at this time of morning. So I smile and acknowledge, an occasional how are doing, and I keep moving along. Every once in while someone will ask me if they can help me…I assure them I know what I am looking for, unless they have changed the store, then that my friends is another story.

    You are whistling through the store, reflecting on the day and what other things you have to do. You finally make it through each isle, and have been to the other side of the store, totally skipping the middle section where all the clothes are, you do not have time to even look today.

    You find the closest register that has the lady in it that broke her back . She is working at Walmart. She is a Christian, and always has a smile on her face and is always very pleasant. Of course I can tell when I see her if she is in pain, I shop so often I can see it in her face..I ask her how she is doing, she says ok, and I laugh and say yeah right. She chuckles. She asks me if I’m doing ok, and I say the same, yep I’m ok…she says that’s good…God is the only one keeping that woman standing. What a testimony. Your life is pretty good compared to the pain she is under.I say a little prayer for her as I leave her line. Bags are packed and I’m ready to go. Lots of bags, kitty litter, all 25 lbs of it…I make my way to the door, and the woman who was sleeping at the entry, has now been replaced by someone else. you acknowledge them and tell them to have a good day, they say the same to you..

    You round the corner, you are smile turns to a frown, it is now pouring rain, your car is within site, but there is a puddle that is going to be up to your ankles should you go out right now. You just know you are going to be soaked, your groceries are going wet, the bags will be slippery to handle. So now what, you make a hasty decision, you are going to “WAIT” at least 10 minutes to see if the weather will break. You sit on bench just inside Wal-Mart and text a friend. “Hey are you up yet”? A few minutes passed, no response, I guess she is still sleeping.( That is one disadvantage to shopping at 5:30 am, no one you know is up yet )

    I’m not “WAITING” any longer, I know I am going to get wet, but I hate to “WAIT” 

     

     

    Proverbs 15:13

    A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face;

    a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day. 

     

     

    Hope your day is blessed in with HIS presence, Leslie

     

     

    This is one of my earlier stories, back in 2009. I have changed many times over the years, yet I believe they are all reflective of our real lives, and how God interacts with us. I hope you enjoy this story/message.


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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Good job Leslie ( I edited the title for you ). 
April 4, 2015
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea Thank you for looking out for me (A) . Did I spell it wrong? It is funny to look back at 2009 and see how I wrote then, compared to now. LOL I got longer in my stories, but that is how the Lord directed me. It is funny, that almost to the edge, I can fill four pages on word pad. This is when he brings it to a close. Sometimes they have gone to five pages on word, but HE keeps them to fours. Funny how HE directs clearly in something's and in other things, you really have to look for HIM.
April 4, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you! I enjoy reading your blogs here!
April 4, 2015
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea Thank You for reading them Lissy.
April 5, 2015