Complaining about the mud.

by pastortimfowler

My old pastor once told me that if you prayed for rain, you should not complain about the mud. But I hate the mud. Mud ruins your carpet, your shoes, your ability to let the dogs use the doggy door all day, it just messes things up.
In the Old Testament book of 1Kings, chapter 17, Elijah the prophet said it would not rain for 7 years and it didn’t. Can you imagine 7 years with no rain. You go 7 weeks around here with no rain and people start freaking out. They did not have water systems back then like we do today that can bring water from miles away they had to depend on what fell from the sky and that was about it. 7 years with no rain would cause many problems. Imagine what the gardens were like. After a while there would not be any gardens and if you didn’t store up years worth of food, you and your family would starve.
After a few weeks drinking water would begin to run low. Washing dishes would cease. I think this is the first place that paper plates were thought of. I’m just sayin’…
Bathing would have to be all but stopped. That would make for some smelly people. Can you imagine some of your friends who smell now because they don’t bathe every day and what they would smell like after a month or two? Of course kids would be happier. They never like to bathe anyway.
I am sure that many of the golf courses back them had to shut down and football fields switch over to Astroturf.
How many of the folks do you think were praying hard for rain after a few months? How about after a few years? Can you imagine the praying going on in year seven? I bet everyone who knew God, thought they knew God, thought that others knew God, and even those who knew they didn’t know God were praying. It is funny how many and who prays when a disaster hits. I heard a guy asking people to pray for his mom who just found out she had cancer and he was an atheist. It’s like someone once said, ‘There are no atheists in foxholes’.
So as the story goes, after seven years with no rain, this same guys prayed for rain and it happened. How many others do you think took credit for the praying that day? Everyone who was ever a religious person of any sort was taking credit for that one.
The story I am talking about does not go here, but I wonder, how many people, shortly after it was raining a while and there was mud all over the place, started complaining about all the mud? You know it and I know it, people complained. Stuff being washed away, houses being forced to get new roofs, cars being flooded.
My point is this. With every curse there is a blessing and with every blessing there is someone going to complain.
Think about what you ask for, you just might get it.
So, if you pray for rain, enjoy playing in the mud for a while.

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