, Corbin, KY


May 5, 2014

Don’t get caught without an umbrella

CORBIN — Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at You can also visit his blog at

“I lay down my pride,

My desires my demise.

I’m ready now to see it your way,

I’m done I’m through

ignoring you.

Now it’s true,

I’m kneeling at the cross of your grace.

Lay down my pride.”

—Jeremy Camp

A couple of weeks ago, I told you all the story of my first day of class at the University of Kentucky, and how it ended up not going as well as planned.

Finding all the right classrooms on that huge campus turned out to be a challenge for a little freshman from a small town.

Well after this week of rain and storms we’ve been having here in the Tri-County, I was reminded of some more troubles I had getting around UK’s campus.

Another part of being a kid from a small town is you never have too much use for an umbrella. You usually drive and park close to anywhere you need to go.

The only time it’s really worth pulling an umbrella out is if you get stuck in the back of the Wal-Mart parking lot during a downpour.

When you live in a bigger city, or go to school at a big place like UK, it’s a much different story.

There is much more walking involved to get from place to place, and you could very well get caught in the middle of a storm during a long walk.

So as I was preparing for my first year of college, I received tips and warnings from some of my older friends and family members.

They advised me to bring flip-flops to wear in those dormitory showers, and to buy an umbrella or rain coat for walking.

I had some old flip-flops so that was not a problem, but I honestly did not even own a rain coat or umbrella because I had never really needed one that badly.

But instead of taking their advice, I just told myself I’d be fine without any protection from the rain. If it’s ever that bad, I’ll just make a run for it.

As fate would have it, that day came when I had to walk around campus during a heavy rain storm. I made a run for it alright, but got absolutely soaked in the process.

My hair and clothes were dripping by the time I got to the classroom. And since I was running, I didn’t have much of a chance to watch out for big puddles.

Thus, my shoes and socks were soaking wet, too, which is never any fun.

So after class was over, I realized I needed to go buy an umbrella.

However, when I walked into a nearby drug store to ask about umbrellas, they said they were sold out.  

Then I hopped in my car and drove to a department store which was about 15 minutes away from campus. They were sold out of umbrellas too.

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one that day who had gotten rained on.

I continued to look around some more but had no luck finding an umbrella that day, and decided to just wait until the weather calmed down to try my search again.

On that stormy day, it was too late for me to find protection from the rain. I didn’t listen to others and was not prepared for what was to come.

But that was just a little bit of rain.

There are much bigger things we all need to be prepared for.

The Bible tells us that we need to know God and have a relationship with Him to have eternal life in Heaven.

We are not guaranteed tomorrow. Tragedy can strike us at anytime.

It’s easy to tell yourself that you will go to church and get right with God one of these days. But we by no means have any way of knowing if we will get that opportunity years down the road.

Matthew 7:21-23 says, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

We do not want to hear the words, “I never knew you,” from God when we’re standing at the gates of Heaven. And we will never know for sure when that day will come.

The best thing we can do is get right with God now and accept Him as our Lord and Savior.

I didn’t listen to everyone and suffered by not buying an umbrella.

I pray that everyone who reads this doesn’t suffer by not knowing God.

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