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Topic: Rain (09/07/04)

TITLE: A Pocketful of Rain
By Zillah Williams
09/08/04

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We were walking home from the train station, my grandfather and I, after visiting my grandmother in hospital. Home was a mile away, and there were no buses. It was night, and it had begun to rain.

This was no gentle, English rain such as we had been used to before emigrating to Australia. This was a Sydney downpour, of the kind celebrated by Dorothea Mackellar, the Australian poet, in her poem, "My Country" :

"I love a sunburnt country
A land of sweeping plains
Of ragged mountain ranges
Of droughts and flooding rains"

Our umbrellas and raincoats afforded no protection. Not only were we soon literally soaked to the skin, but the pockets of the plastic raincoat I was wearing filled up with water! It quickly became apparent that nothing we could do would make any difference to our sodden state, so we simply accepted the situation, and laughed our way home.

A pocketful of rain made me realise that things couldn’t get any worse. I was wet, no matter how hard I’d tried to keep dry.

Sometimes it’s to accept that we’re not able to be in control in all life’s situations but, once we’ve cottoned on to that fact, we’re ready for the next step – the realisatiion that we don’t have to be in control. It isn’t up to us to solve all the world’s problems.

Finally, we come to the position of being able to "let go, and let God". We can safely trust our lives, now and in the future, to Him .

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Zillah Williams
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9th September 2004


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Deborah Porter 09/14/04
Zillah, I really liked this - the Dorothea MacKellar quote made my night ... ahhh that's my Country! But I loved the simplicity of the message as well.

I just picked up one typo, in the second last paragraph, "Sometimes it’s to accept that we’re not ..." I think it was missing a "hard" between the "it's and the "to", but other than that, I thought this was a really delightful challenge entry. Hope you'll keep them coming! Love, Deb
darlene hight09/14/04
This is a beautiful moment that you helped me share this morning.Thank you for that!
Dan Blankenship 09/17/04
Very nice, but I'm not sure copyrighted material can win the contest. I think Faithwriters is seeking non-copyrighted material to use in their books. Maybe I am misundertanding what they are saying.

Anyhow, loved this piece.

God Bless.
Sincerely,
Dan Blankenship

Teresa Lee Rainey09/18/04
Zella, I enjoyed your article. It is still somewhat mind-boggling to realize we here at Faithwriters are from such diverse areas. It is a true adventure to read about Australia for me. Thanks.
Teresa