My Holey Umbrella: A Lesson on Faith
Last week ended with a daring act from Mother Nature as the sky tore apart which triggered a flash flood warning for The District. I wasn’t extremely worried because I felt prepared with my rain boots and my black umbrella. I was completely fascinated as I gazed from my office window into the alley where the rain fell quickly with all the determination in the world. It wasn’t until I had to step into the elements that I was a bit taken aback. Moments into my short journey home, I remember that my aforementioned umbrella had small holes. On any other given day, these holes hadn’t troubled me but today was different. The rain around me was so great and heavy that the little holes in my fabric left me drenched. This isn’t a story about my umbrella and how I should probably invest in a new one sans holes. Being caught in the rain made me reflect on the idea of preparation and being covered.
Just like the day of the storm, I called myself being ahead of the game not realizing I was two steps behind. On any regular day it’s important to be prepared but to also be covered. These two may look very different for other people but it’s important to note what this means to me. My faith has been one of the most grounding factors to me in recent years. Having faith doesn’t mean that all my problems are eliminated but it does mean I have a team working on my behalf. It means that so long as I’m doing my part then I know everything will eventually be okay.
If you caught that earlier sentence, I was already aware that my umbrella had holes. I just wasn’t bothered by it because the weather around me hadn’t caused much room for concern. In fact, most days the rain held off enough that those small holes weren’t an issue. How many times have we done this in our everyday life? How many times have you known that different aspects of your life needed repairing but not enough to warrant immediate attention? How many times have we seen holes in our relationships, jobs, spirits, or what have you but decided to let it be? How many times have you noticed the holes forming in your relationship with God and decided to put it on next week’s to-do list? We often operate not in the mindset of “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” but “it’s not that bad, I can work with it”. For some, including myself, this has worked but eventually those holes open into so much more. The small holes allow you to function without being exposed to the elements until it becomes too heavy. Friday, it all became too heavy.
Just like in the physical, if we don’t repair ourselves mentally and spiritually, we chance being drenched. We become drenched in our problems, our defeat, other people’s issues, and a plethora of excuses. It’s in this moment that we are reminded of the need of sufficient covering. For me, this looks like my spiritual life connecting to all other elements of my world. This means taking the time in the moment to patch up my weak spots so in the future, I don’t feel nearly as overwhelmed. Ironically, God is our holy umbrella and correct care of your relationship with Him allows blessings to flow into your life effortlessly. Without proper care, it’s no telling what strife will manage to trickle through and for a lack of better words, rain on our parade. Regardless of what it means to you, covering is as essential as an umbrella on a day sprinkled with storms.
I can’t talk about covering without acknowledging what it means to be prepared. For some people, preparing means setting forth a plan for what you know will happen. For others, preparing means setting forth a plan for anything that could happen. I try my best to ensure I’m of the latter but I sometimes fail at this endeavor. Last week, I planned for the rain but not for the rain with a defunct umbrella. A majority of our reactions to different “storms” could be drastically altered if we had been more prepared. Are you preparing for those unexpected storms that accompany the rainbows? Are you preparing for the setback that pairs perfectly with your long awaited set up? If the answer isn’t yes then there is no better time to start than now.
A constant in life or at least mine is that there will continue to be ups and downs. So long as you’re striving after dreams then you’ll also be faced with mountains placed in your way. It’s up to us to make the decision to prepare however necessary and to ensure we are covered. Last week was more than just a Friday reminder to get a new umbrella. It was a reminder to get my life together and mend any weak spots before they do more damage than allowed. What weak spots have you been overlooking that need to be addressed?
Are you prepared for the next big storm?