I love rainy days when the rain showers the earth with droplets of water, scattering dust, and stones asunder. I woke up this morning to the soft patter of the rain. The air was thick with the coldness of the atmosphere and I hid under my comfy blanket.

I had to get groceries at a store not too far from my house, so with an umbrella to shield me from the rain, I headed to the grocery store. It was crowded, so I waited my turn on the queue. 

It was my turn on the queue, so, with my goods on the table, the cashier checked their price, I paid and received my receipt. The groceries were packed in a bag for me, I accepted them with thanks and left the supermarket.

I believe from now on, I'll be checking the content of any grocery pack I'm handed because what happened next surprised me myself...

The rain was still falling heavily when I stepped out of the supermarket. I was about to start looking for a means of transportation that will get me home when I felt a hand on me. I saw that it was the assistant of the cashier. She had entered the heavy rain without an umbrella to reach me before I left the premises. I couldn't hear what she was saying, so I followed her back to the entrance. She was dripping water all over, I was remorseful, but didn't know why she had to enter the rain to get my attention.

It was then she explained to me that I had been handed the wrong grocery bag. I checked what I held in my hand and she was right, so I followed her inside to receive my own package with thanks. I also asked the assistant if she had a change of clothes to change into, so as not to be affected by the coldness I could see evident on her lips. She was surprised but answered with a warm smile and a yes. A warm smile I had not seen on her face since I have been buying groceries at the supermarket.

I left the supermarket with a warm feeling in my chest.

What am I trying to say?

In the Scripture, four men carried a paralyzed man to see Jesus. When they arrived at the house, it was so crowded inside that they had to take him up on the roof and let him down through the ceiling.  Jesus saw the faith of the men, and he told the paralyzed man, “Your sins have been forgiven.” Some of the religious leaders were angry and began to murmur to themselves. Because they murmured,  He turned to the paralyzed man and told him to rise up. The man stood up, perfectly well. When they saw him stand up, They said to one another, “We’ve never seen anything like this!”

Here’s my point: if the religious leaders had not been murmuring, Jesus might not have healed the paralyzed man of his paralysis. So, if I had not been handed the wrong grocery bag, I won't have been able to compliment and ask about the well-being of a lady who went out of her way to call my attention. God uses every situation for His good. We are also expected to make use of every situation to bring a smile to every face we come across. Miracles don't only happen when the sky is sunny and the grasses are dancing with the wind. Miracles also happen in the rain.

In God's Love,

Peace Okunola.