Hundreds of Christians in Austin, Texas, last week sought heavenly intervention to alleviate their city's severe drought. And just days after making mass pleas to the Lord, rain came pouring down.
Divine intervention or coincidence? That's in the eye of the beholder. Either way, some much-needed precipitation came to an area of Texas that badly needed it.
Image source: Twitter via @KieBowman
Members of the Hyde Park Baptist Church prayed and fasted last week to bring rain to their water-starved lands.
"I believe that God can do big things and I believe he's going to do it," Emily Davis, an Austin resident, told KTBC-TV before the rain came.
Afterward, some said they had witnessed the power of prayer in action.
Christians in Austin, Texas, pray for rain. (Image via Twitter @KieBowman)
According to the Associated Press, Lake Travis is up 2 1/2 feet and Lake Buchanan is up 1 1/2 feet since the prayer event, though both bodies remain way below their average levels and more water is still needed.
Meteorologist Bob Rose noted that May is actually the month when rain generally comes, though did say that rainfall has been higher than normal in some areas.
"I speak from the scientific side right now and I'm looking at all the charts and seeing how the atmosphere behaves," he told KTBC-TV. "Our average rainfall around this area is about five inches, so in some spots rainfall has actually been above normal for the month of May."
Rose didn't dismiss believers' efforts, though — he told them to continue doing whatever they're doing if it means more rain could come to the area.
Hyde Park Pastor Kie Bowman's Twitter account advertised the May 22 prayer service aimed at the drought as parishioners continue their pleas for God to bring more rain to the area.