Praying Rosa’s Umbrella
A scene many of you have seen countless times – Rosa and her umbrella. Many have seen it from this perspective because she was leading you to homes and street corners to visit, pray for, and encourage people in their homes and on street corners near their homes.
Others have seen it from a side angle, or in the distance, but one thing is for sure. If you have been to Candelaria, you have seen Rosa visiting multiple days a week, and many hours of the day.
This picture was taken last week. I noticed something beautiful in this shot, a perfect angle, or perfect time of day, or probably both. The shade of her umbrella perfectly surrounds her! This is unfiltered and almost hard to believe the perfect lines covering her body perfectly; nothing more, nothing less.
Many of us pack umbrellas preparing for rain or stormy weather. But did you know:
The basic umbrella was invented more than 4,000 years ago. There is evidence of umbrellas in the ancient art and artifacts of Egypt, Assyria, Greece, and China. These ancient umbrellas or parasols were first designed to provide shade from the sun.https://www.thoughtco.com/who-invented-the-umbrella-1992592
The word “umbrella” comes from the Latin root word “umbra,” meaning shade or shadow. The Chinese were the first to waterproof their umbrellas for use as rain protection. They waxed and lacquered their paper parasols in order to use them for rain. Starting in the 16th century the umbrella became popular in the western world, especially in the rainy climates of northern Europe.
Chichigalpa gets plenty of rain, we are actually in rainy season right now. But by name “umbra” (shade of shadow) umbrellas are used more often here for their original purpose. Now back to the picture of Praying Rosa and her umbrella.
As I said, that shadow almost looks photoshopped, but I promise you it isn’t! She is perfectly protected in the shade of that umbrella. When I looked at the picture, I continued to be amazed by it. The protection the Lord has over Rosa is so incredibly perfectly sized on/around her. It is much vaster than this picture shows. Rosa does not just visit when a group is here visiting, or even when another brother or sister is available to go with her. She actually visits far more often “alone” than with anyone else. She always says, “I went out today alone, not alone, but just me and my Father, who always protects me.”
These communities are not the safest and best places to be alone in, but when you are perfectly covered in/by God, Rosa really is touch-less!
A different day last week, Rosa had her umbrella (as always) but a different shirt on. The shirt read: “My Mom Thinks I’m Super, Fabulous, Amazing.”
I have no idea if Rosa knows what it says, and I actually do not know her mother, or what her mother thinks of her. But I do know that her Father thinks she is Super, Fabulous, Amazing, and a whole lot more!
She prays for many people, who have not once seen her face or even crossed words with her a single time. She has prayer lists, names, and pictures of people all over the world she prays for. She prayed for her own daughter to be brought back to life after doctors had declared her dead from electrocution at 8 years old – that daughter (over 15 years later) leads the church’s dance team.
This woman prays; You don’t get the name Praying Rosa for nothing! She is currently praying for my cousin’s son, and a friend I made in college. That same friend asked me last week how he can be praying for Rosa. A team was here last week on Rosa’s birthday and asked what she wanted for her birthday.
Rosa’s answer to both questions: “Just pray that the Lord continues to give me the strength and the health to continue visiting and praying for all of His children. I want them all to know how much He loves them.”
Many miracles have occurred as this woman of simple faith prays for the sick. Her heart is huge to help them and she knows where the most desperate needs are. We would like to have the resources for Pastor Joel to join her meeting the most desperate needs of hunger and sickness.
Thank you Rosa for your unprecedented faith and faithfulness for “the least of these.” Happy Birthday and may God continue to bless your health as you bless so many in humble service. Psalm 23 over you and in you!
1 The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3 He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
4 Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
5 You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord