It’s amazing how the simple everyday things in life can help us to understand the more complicated things of eternity. I sat in my car watching the rain drops chase each other down my windshield. It was raining pretty heavy, I thought to myself, “spring is here for sure”, the rain was a certain sign. I allowed my mind to wander as I sat in front of my children’s school waiting for it to let out. Then I chuckled remembering how very afraid I was of the rain just a few months earlier.
I didn’t have the stroller I have now, and I had no rain coat at the time. Rainy days therefore were very traumatic for me, when I saw signs of rain my stomach would twist uncomfortably. I would drive up to my children’s school get out of the car with my umbrella, I had a plastic cover for the baby’s car seat in the pack and go, but it was cracked from a trip to the zoo over the summer. Can you see me climbing the hill back bent trying desperately to keep water out of the baby’s car seat and off my head simultaneously, using one hand to hold the umbrella and one hand to drive the stroller (with a jogging stroller this might be possible, but with a pack and go – impossible!). I literally feared the rain.
Then I told my husband, I need a raincoat so I can use both hands to push the stroller and I need a jogging stroller with one motion close and open and with the wind and rain cover. Now if you know my husband at all, you would know his response; “sell some hats” Ha! Anyway of course I got my way 🙂
So now I sit in my car smiling waiting for 2:55pm, armed with my City Mini Jogging Stroller with matching rain canopy and my sleek raincoat and hoodie. The rain no longer scars me; I am prepared, my kids are prepared (they have their fireman and ladybug raincoats, compliments of Nana and Pops).
This very simple situation got my mind to thinking about eternity. How frightening is the thought of death, the thought of the coming of the Lord to the unprepared soul. How traumatic it is to live a life constantly in fear when one does not have the security of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the best thing that has ever happened to me, I have a hope, “hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” It is a beautiful thing to really live free, not a victim to fear, doubt or hell, but to be prepared. Now my duty is to share this liberty, this truth, with someone who doesn’t know it. Just like Fitzgerald shared his umbrella with me one day when the rain caught me without one.