- Air conditioning is one of God's greatest gifts.
- Homemade strawberry lemonade rocks.
- On cooler days, biking as a family is tons of fun.
- You can't make it rain.
I know that there is probably technology available somewhere out there that will create rain on demand, but it can't be very effective or we would have been seeing a lot of it down here a long time ago. In the end it comes down to God--if He doesn't choose to make it rain, it won't.
This creates a unique atmosphere of dependence, not unlike that of a fast. By now I know that hunger pains are distinctly uncomfortable, and they remind me that if God chose to withhold sustenance from me, I couldn't do a thing about it. I can't create my own food from nothing, or stubbornly go without it altogether. I am completely at God's mercy. It's just like the drought: we can moan and beg and cry for rain, but in the end we're at God's mercy.
Perhaps that is the big lesson that fasts and droughts are meant to teach us. Whatever strength or technology or great ideas we may have, each of us must still rely on the Lord alone for our daily bread.