On the way out the door to finally go to the beach in the early afternoon, a downpour started with flashes of lightning. The kids were anxious to still spend the day at the beach, so we decided to go anyway and see what weather we would encounter.
It was about an hour drive away. I checked the weather at the beach, and it reported clear at that moment. As we drove into the beach city, dark clouds began to roll in. I felt like it wouldn't be fair for me to ask God to not let it rain for our beach day because we really should have left earlier in the day. Instead, I asked God to make our experience a wonderful, safe, and memorable one even though the weather wasn't perfect.
The following day, my kids asked me if we could go back to the beach on a cloudy, windy day because that was a "WAY BETTER EXPERIENCE!" They began to list all the reasons that cloudy, windy days were better beach days. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I was really just hoping for it to be a fun day, but God turned a dark, cloudy beach day into the most wonderful, safe, and memorable experience they'd ever had at the beach! ... just as I had requested.