This morning was a day for me to thank God for answered prayer
“Oh, to be free, to be completely unattached…what wondering I would do. I would travel to far off places and visit cities anew. I would live in a dream world and pretend to be a queen who ruled over all the lands, all the people and all the seas. But, Bah! tis nothing but fantasy with no depth, nether reason, nor cause…because truly I am satisfied just the way things are.”
So for this week, I’ve started my blog with a stanza from a poem I wrote many, many years ago. In those days I was young and my hair was still black and my limbs operated on my cue. Those days are far spent. And my worldview has also matured from fantasy to realism and Truth.
“Nevertheless, something in side me keeps crying out aloud…seek love, adventure and excitement and you will thereby obtain power.”
Listen, readers, I learned a long time ago to transfer my dependence from myself into the ever loving arms of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I’ve become the queen in His court, and the apple of His eye. What gives me such assurance? The main fact that He answers my prayers either through conversations with Him or by osmosis. He also causes other human beings to unknowingly relay His messages to me. And when I put my thinking cap on, I can remember Him using birds, weather, radio and TV commentators and shooting stars to convey His messages to me.
“For then a swelling in your breast will come from joys you’ve never known, as you gaze out upon the world and turn its love into songs. But, Bah! tis nothing but fantasy with no depth, nether reason, nor cause…because truly I am satisfied just the way things are.”
Yes, in my youth, I kept saying that I was satisfied…but was I. My family and friends labeled me as a dreamer. Always thinking of lofty aspirations. Keep your feet on the ground they all warned. Remember where you come from. Get your head out of the clouds. You’re going to end up just like us. Living right here in this hick town, getting married and having babies. OH, but have I surprised them! I KNOW SOMEBODY!!!
“Yes, because life is not always a pleasure, it causes many persons to dream. To manufacture make-believe of which things they hold high in esteem. But Bah! tis nothing but fantasy with no depth, nether reason, nor cause…because truly I am satisfied just the way things are.”
I no longer have to recite that poem I wrote all those many years ago because this one thing I have learned. My God heard my plea and felt my desire for something greater than what I was living at the time. He alone understood that Whom I was seeking was Him! My God finally knitted my will and my heart together and caused me to recognize His proposal. “Come unto to me He beckoned me…..”
So now, instead of daydreaming, I have learned to pray and to call on my Savior not only for my hopes and dreams but also for my fears and desires for others. He has caused me to take my mind off of myself and to embrace life in a much broader worldview. It’s not all about me. Its about serving and giving and helping and caring for others.
My God is Real. He lives within my soul. Surely, while He was on the cross I was on His mind. Our conversations get sweeter and sweeter every day. I see my prayers for my family answered. I see my prayers for the orphan children I ministered to while on international mission trips become a reality. (Once I personally met a Russian teenager who had been adopted and brought to Dallas. I was shopping at Walmart and by happenstance we met and began to talk. She shared how the Lord had placed her with a couple who wanted to adopt a teenager. I had just been to St. Petersburg on a mission trip and had prayed for the teenagers who had ‘aged’ out of orphanage care. The Lord allowed me to see His intervention in this situation. Hallelujah!)
Earlier this morning I received a phone call from my sister exclaiming how our brother had called her and conversed with her as though their riff had never happened. On another occasion, recently, a severe storm passed over an area in Oklahoma that I was praying for on behalf of a friend’s family who lived there and was in harms way.
I could go on and on witnessing to you how and in what diverse ways God answers prayers. But I trust you already know them and have tried Him for yourself. Its true, God responds to our prayers basically in three ways: Yes! No! and Wait! All I want to say is this; HE IS NEVER LATE…BUT ALWAYS ON TIME! AMEN.
So, in summary, wait on the Lord to answer you. Wait at His door with your prayers; wait at His feet with humility; wait at His table with service and thanksgiving; wait at His window with expectancy that He will open it and pour out many blessings. Through it all, WAIT.
Scripture Lesson: “Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”Psalm 27:14.
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