When your deal is doing events in Indiana, the weather becomes a pretty big deal. Now, if you’re just putting on parties for no purpose it doesn’t really matter if they get canceled. However, if you are scheduling Indy’s best party with a purpose, then canceling makes a huge difference. Especially if that purpose is a Madi. Madi was our Compassion Spotlight for our Aug. Big Event. She is a 19 year old girl, battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This night needed to happen for Madi, her friends and family.
When I checked the weather earlier in the week, it said 20% chance of rain with scattered showers. I thought, no problem we got this, but we should probably start praying. I was praying, my wife was praying, our whole team was praying that it wouldn’t rain. So we woke up Saturday morning and guess what, it was raining. In fact, it rained all day.
When you pray all week it won’t rain and you wake up the morning of your event and it is raining, you have come face-to-face with faith. Do I actually believe that our praying all week to the God who controls the weather will actually make a difference so that we can make a difference in this teenagers life? Hebrews 11:1 one says it like this, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1 NLT).
My problem was I could see the radar and I could see the rain falling from the sky! What I couldn’t see was clear skies, a park full of people and over $13,000 donated! But God could.
It’s 3:30pm, we’re starting to set up in the park. We are told by the park administration we can have the park the next week if we’d like to cancel. I’m getting text messages from various vendors who won’t be coming to the event, because they believe it’s going to rain. And I’m on the phone with my team and their asking me are we going to cancel or we going to risk it? That was my moment of faith. Do I go with what I see and what everyone is saying or do I trust that God might see something we can’t? If I exercise my faith will what He sees lead to my belief?
Well it did. It didn’t rain! The clouds cleared and we enjoyed one of the most beautiful evenings I’ve seen in a while. Hundreds of people showed up and faith, hope and love made a difference in Madi’s life.
So what is it in your life? What can God see, that you can’t!? You might think whatever it is is too small? Maybe your need isn't a big enough deal for Dad to care about? If he cares about the rain, He cares about your needs as well.
So start praying. And when you find yourself standing on the edge of belief remember it takes faith. Faith is believing what you can't see and often times don't feel. I guess it's a good thing that us people of God live by faith and not by sight.