Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Yellow Umbrella

Will you take a moment with me and think of this scenario? You are outside on a dark, rainy gloomy day. You are standing there while the rain is hitting you in the face, your hair, and your clothes. You’re cold and there’s nowhere to go for shelter. But then something yellow catches your eye. Then all of a sudden a beautiful bright yellow umbrella appears over your head.

Many of you are going through a tough season and you feel like you’re standing in that rain today. Maybe you’ve been in it for months, or weeks, or just today. It is my prayer that this group and the woman here will be like a yellow umbrella to you today by giving you what is says in The Worn Out Woman: a little praise, a little encouragement, and doing a little act of thoughtfulness.

Annie Engstrom said, “Kindness is a yellow umbrella covering the rainy days of life.”

But I want to take this a step further and tell you that God offers that umbrella to you the moment you chose to follow Him and it is there for you everyday. In Psalms 91:1,2,4 it reads, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’…He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

Being under His wings is an umbrella that will never leave you. Ask yourself this question: do you have that umbrella? If not, you can have it today. All you have to do is ask.

Opening Remarks for today's topic meeting

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