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We prayed for, we got it - Curt Yeomans

Does anyone remember how people in some groups mocked Gov. Sonny Perdue for leading a prayer for rain last year?

Honestly, at the time, it did seem a little unusual. But, we were experiencing a drought, and it's not like man can make rain fall.

We've figured out multiple ways to kill a person, build skyscrapers, fly, cross the ocean and go to the moon, but we still have not managed to become a master over Mother Nature.

So the guv prayed, and there was a light rain a few days later, but the downpours remained few, and far between. A year later, we're getting rain every few days. I guess it's true, you really can't underestimate the power of prayer.

I just wish we had clarified that we wanted just enough rain to avoid being in a drought, but not so much that the ground becomes over-saturated and soft.

Quite honestly, if we had not just gone through a drought, I think I might have a leg to stand on when I say we've had more than enough rain.

How about rain in moderation, though? I mean we need water. There's no question about that, but, I don't want to be in a position where I need to invest in a life boat, just so I can be prepared in case there is a flash flood.

It would need to be a big boat, too, because I'd want to make sure I save as much of my clothing as possible (remember, I'm a fashionista!). Just where would I keep something that would have to be the size of Noah's Ark, though?

Fortunately, the rainfalls I see around here are nothing compared to what I used to see in college whenever a hurricane would pass through the south Mississippi area. It's kind of hard to say your garden variety pop-up shower is anything compared to surviving hurricanes like Georges, Isidore, Lilli and Ivan, all of which dumped several inches of rain in a few hours.

Of course, I remember when I was a child, I heard someone say rainfall was just God crying. After covering a story last year, which involved a puppet squirting water out of its eyes while singing Boy George's "Crying Game" to a group of children, I'm not sure I want to associate rainfall with anyone's tears.

I guess my main beef is that rainfall means outdoor activities are scratched. There are weekends when I would love to be able to go out and practice photography, but I can't, because its raining - a lot. I may be attending a baseball game this weekend where the field may be better suited for a sailboard regatta, because of the chance of rain.

ARRRRGH.

I'm all for turning to prayer when times get desperate, but we need to remember to make our prayers specific enough to ask God -- if he will -- to act in moderation, rather than letting the sky fall out on us.

Curt Yeomans covers education for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, or via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.