Last weekend, my family took a day trip to a nearby vacation spot. We were excited in spite of it being overcast with periodic rain showers.
Along the way to our destination there is a small farm/petting zoo where the children can feed and pet farm animals. This place is a huge hit with our kids, and they had been eagerly anticipating a stop there.
Unfortunately, rain proved an obstacle and we promised our kids that we would try and visit there on the way home if the weather cooperated. We had a day filled with other kinds of fun, and were headed home when my kids once again asked if we could stop at the "the farm”.
“If it isn’t raining we’ll be able go there.” I said
“Why Mommy?” our four year-old daughter asked.
“Because the animals go inside when it rains” I explained.
“Hey! I know!” our six year- old son shouted suddenly. “How about we pray?”
I looked at him in half shock, as this was the child who once told me "didn’t really believe in Jesus.” ( he was five at the time)
He pointed at a necklace he had brought along for the trip. His kindergarten class had made necklaces with crosses on them during Lent.
“Pray, Mommy.” he explained. “How about we ask Jesus?”
I was about to explode with joy but played it cool.
“Great idea honey. Let’s ask Jesus to keep the rain away.”
My son said “You ask, Mommy. Jesus doesn’t listen to my prayers, He only listens to yours.”
This because he once asked Jesus for superpowers in prayer and has yet to see evidence of them.
I said “Honey, Jesus hears every single prayer. He loves it when you talk to Him. He will hear you if you pray.”
So we prayed for the rain to stop for a bit, so we could enjoy the farm.
A few minutes later there was a squeal from the back seat “Look Mommy, the sun! I see the sun!”my daughter shouted.
Our son shyly began to smile.
It was indeed the sun. The rain stopped. We had a great time at the farm.
And a six year-old started to wonder…