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.”
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!
“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.”
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