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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sharing the Umbrella

Trials. No one likes them. Yet we all, at one time or another, endure them.

We become our true selves by experiencing adversity.

Yep… think about it.

A good portion of who you are is determined by how you hold your umbrella. 

It's easy to smile while the sun is shining, but true character is revealed when it is raining.

I can so relate to the picture below. Can you?

There are times that I feel as if I have been standing under a raining umbrella for over two years now.

Sometimes when I think it can’t rain any harder, it then begins to pummel and pour sideways.

Earlier this week I was attending a pity party for one. Then I read this story. Oh my was it a good one.


The story resonated with me because in just the first two paragraphs the words hit so close to the bone that I actually winced.

But in paragraph 3 our parallel lives split. It was a different story. Yes, it was a story I knew too well as a single mother in my 20’s, but blessfully have not experienced since.

It was a beautiful story that reminded me that even where I am in my life, it is still raining harder for others.

I immediately prayed a grateful prayer thanking Him for my blessings. Thankful for the small rays of sunshine that are beginning to break through. I also prayed that God will grant me a situation in which I can be an umbrella for someone else.

Because in the end it is only ourselves who decide how we will respond when it rains.

Which umbrella will you be?


“May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth!” ~ Psalm 72:6

“Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” ~Hosea 6:3

“Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.” ~ James 5:18


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such a great reminder that there is always someone in the middle of a down pour. We need to see how we can help. You handle your umbrella so beautifully. God Bless.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Laura, I just posted the link to the womans story on Facebook. So many times people are WAY too quick to judge when they KNOW NOTHING!!! Thank you so much for this. I am praying for you to have the strength to hold onto that umbrella no matter how hard the storms. God bless.

Denise said...

Excellent post, Laura. So many people close to me are in the middle of a "downpour" as I write this. I pray I may help them in some way. Have a blessed weekend.


Denise at Forest Manor

Art and Sand said...

I have faced few difficult trials in my life, but I taught middle school for 24 years where my students only ate on school days because of the free lunch program. I cried often when I heard their stories.

Your post this morning makes me appreciative of my own life and keeps me aware of those who are less fortunate than me. We need to be reminded that we are all in this together and that we must share the umbrella.

Thank You!

Karena Albert said...

Dear Laura,thank you for this, i cried through this. A bit emotional I suppose after hearing my right hip needs replacing after all the trauma with the multiple surgeries on the left.

Even so I know so many people are going through much more.

Love and hugs

momma2four said...

Love this post. We are going through so much right now, I just wish somebody would share their umbrella.

Kelley said...

My kids know too well what I always say, "Assumption greases the wheels of offense." We presume, assume and judge.

Great compunctious post today. "Raindrops keep fallin' on my head... but nothin's worryin' me" may or may not apply to me at the moment, but esteeming others better than we esteem ourselves would be an appropriate practice.

Help me.

Trade you a hug for your yellow umbrella,

The Boston Lady said...

I saw this on FB too and identified with both parties. By offering our umbrella when we are experiencing good times, we are more apt to appreciate when we ourselves may one day be in need. And we all are in need at some point. Loved this post. Ann

The Boston Lady said...

I saw this on FB too and identified with both parties. By offering our umbrella when we are experiencing good times, we are more apt to appreciate when we ourselves may one day be in need. And we all are in need at some point. Loved this post. Ann

Debbie said...

Beautiful, Laura.
I just read the post you shared, too. Having gone through the job loss with my husband not once but TWICE since 2008, I can relate to this woman and her anguish. We were able to make it without assistance, but I will not judge someone who simply and plainly NEEDS the help.

I love how the woman behind her blessed her so richly. It's our instinct to think that the 17.00 wasn't that costly for her, but we don't REALLY know that, do we? For all we know, it took of chunk out of what she had too. What an example.

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Laura, I've read your recent posts, but this is the one I want to comment on. What a treasure! The imagery of sharing an umbrella is such an easy one with which to identify -- and to link it to sharing during trying times is a "visual" that will stay with me. That last pic of the yellow umbrella says it all! Beautiful words...

I saw over at Kelley's that you hoped to close on the condo yesterday! I hope all went smoothly and that the deal is done. I'm now focused on praying for Eric's job interviews. I'm asking God to give your family clarity as you look to the unknown (to you!) of your future.