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Where were you?

            Where were you when Elvis died; or maybe more recently, Michael Jackson?  Do you remember what you were doing as the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded?  What was happening in your life the morning terrorists hit our largest city and our nation’s capital?  We probably all remember exactly where we were and what we were doing. 

            But where were you and what were you doing when some of your most persistent prayers were answered?  When a problem was finally solved?  When a question swirling around in your mind for days, months, maybe even years was finally answered?  Where were you the last time you just received a totally unexpected blessing?

            I don’t sing in the shower, but I do seem to find some of life’s solutions there.  It’s probably one of the few places where the non-stop noise of daily living is drowned out by the white noise of the water and I can think more clearly, listen more intently.

            A few years ago, faced with what looked like the potential destruction of our family, I cried out to God for His help.  His answer came almost immediately through the car radio.  Nope, didn’t hear His actual voice.  But as I drove across a ten-mile stretch of highway, a song started playing on a station I didn’t remember punching up on the dial.  The words took my mind back to a place we had visited seven years earlier and the people there knew what to do  

            After months of praying, researching and striving to find the right place for our son to attend school the answer came at a spontaneous dinner gathering.  The kids were horsing around; dinner was on the stove and at least three conversations going on simultaneously, when a friend suggested a school we had never considered.  Casual conversation in our friend’s kitchen changed our direction and put us on the right path.

            Just a few weeks ago, 35 years of praying, hoping and waiting came crashing into our lives like a tidal wave of blessings.  We were just running an errand, returning a baby swing to another friend, and the cell phone rang.  A simple conversation was the first piece of a puzzle that slid snugly into place over the next five days and my dreams of owning one horse, became two.   

            In the shower, driving, talking with friends, taking a call…just doing what we do…and God is there…letting us know He has not forgotten us. He still answers prayers, and if we’re not listening for His still small voice, He may have someone call! 🙂

            It’s easy to remember where we were when the big things happened…when the bad things happened…but I also always want to remember where I was when God looked down (like He did in the Beginning) and saw that it was GOOD! 

Where were you the last time something really good happened…something really GREAT?  What were you doing the last time God answered your prayers or gave you the answer you needed? 

Our former pastor used to say, “Good things happen over time.  Great things happen all at once.”  It sure seems that way some days.  My husband accuses me of going from great thing to great thing and I am here to tell you,  I am GUILTY as charged! 🙂 

“The Lord is my strength and my shield;

my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.

My heart leaps for joy,

and with my song I praise him.”

Psalm 28:7 

As Diane Lane sang in the Disney movie Secretariat, which I have now watched five, six… okay, maybe seven times…

He taught me how to watch and pray and live rejoicing every day

O Happy Day! 

Psalm 118:24

“This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”

Philippians 4:4 

🙂 

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Comments on: "Where were you?" (7)

  1. Kay Knight said:

    As always, the right answer comes at the right time … when we wait on the Lord.
    I read your posts and its as if you were writing it to me. You’re right – if I’m not listening for his small, still voice, he just may have someone call. 🙂

  2. Theresa Bakken said:

    Well done! Thank you for the wisdom (and kind words when I leave posts).

    All of the simple, unexpected, subtle ways you describe finding your way – reminds me that we have to release our grip a little. We try so hard to find answers and create solutions on our own – we demand attention right now! But, then when we least expect it – we are directed. Through our interactions with other people… We are guided – and we guide others.

    • And, girl, let me tell you it is always a rocky road for a recovering control-a-holic. But just today, when Steve’s car wouldn’t start he travelled a very calm, relaxed peaceful path to see where God might lead. Eight conversations with eight different people and a sweet man came into the picture who will work on repairs on his day off Saturday. I love asking, and seeing others ask, for direction and then watching how the road curves and turns and takes you just where you need to be. God is so good… and trusting him first… rather than as a last resort… is so much more rewarding. 🙂

  3. Actually so many times lately I’ve felt His love and there’s one really instant message of His love that came to mind first, so I’ll share it. I was at church on Wednesday night and was feeling low and trying unsuccessfully not to worry about my dwindling savings and lack of income . . . I remember “crying out” in my prayer on this and closing with “let me feel your hands on me in a loving embrace . . . let me feel your hand holding mine and leading me.” I got home and turned on the computer and someone commented on a blog post with the following quote which she posted to my blog at the pretty much exact moment I’d cried out those words in prayer. She wrote:

    “If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
    even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.”

    Psalm 139:9-10

    • Martha, you just made me cry. What a wonderful example of God’s presence in our lives. Our family is currently trusting God for a financial need that can only come from Him. We believe He has led us to it and He will see us through it. The verse reminds me to keep waiting. 🙂 He is working in your life and He will meet your needs!

      • I’m also in a situation financially that I feel only He can fix, yet I feel His call in many ways even though I see no resolution. Thing is though that whenever i think of that experience I shared I, too, get weepy, and the other thing is that in this time where I could literally be homeless in my not too far off future and for certain might have to look at uncomfortable ways to scrape up a bit of money, I just can’t imagine He is going to let that happen. I have never felt such love as He has made me feel now in the last year and have never felt so close to Him as I do right this minute. I also feel more peace in my heart and soul than I did dwhen I had no money worries. I don’t know my future, but I know who holds it. Thank you! (Thanks to Him too!)

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