April 16 was the Columbus, Ohio Walk MS at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. My team, Thompson’s Trekkers, of 15 people was ready to go. Our fundraising was successful toward our goal.
But the weather was not cooperating. High winds and downpours were predicted. This walk takes place rain or shine. Oh how I prayed for shine–at least no heavy rain.
The walk itself is only 1 1/2 miles total and walkers can stop and look at the animals along the trek. It’s a wonderful outdoor experience. Since I’m the one on the team with multiple sclerosis (MS), I use my power wheelchair instead of my legs. Distance walking is in my past. My husband bought me a beautiful rain cape made for people riding in any type of wheelchair and it would protect the power controls on my chair.
Saturday, April 16 I woke at 5:30 a.m. to heavy rain and wind. I returned to bed praying specifically, “Please, God, have the rain abate just till the end of the walk today.” I admit I said this more than once and was hopeful.
At 6:00 a.m. I put our dog outside and the rain had stopped! It was cloudy but quite warm. I learned it was 50 degrees. I believed God was answering my prayer.
We arrived at the zoo around 8:00 a.m. to see thousands of others there for the Walk MS. The sun was peeking through the clouds and the air was cool. While we gathered and waited for our team to arrive, we all commented on the wonderful break in the weather. I shared that I had prayed for a reprieve in the rain. Others had done the same.
We completed the walk, saw bright flamingos, wolves, polar bears, and more. A breakfast was enjoyed by all and we snapped photos. On our way out of the zoo, we stopped to see the manatees and aquarium. We noticed the clouds rolling in.
When we exited this exhibit, the rain had begun. A light drizzle that gets your glasses a little wet. We headed for the car and as we loaded my power chair, the rain stopped again.
Does God answer prayer? Yes he does. I thanked him repeatedly throughout the day for making the Walk MS more pleasant and successful due to no rain.
Thompson’s Trekkers minus a few walkers.