6.26.2007

Answered Prayers



Laurel Wreath is our hostess this week for In "other" Words. I've never participated before, but when I read the quote she chose I knew I wanted to share my heart. Please stop by and see what she and the others have to say on the subject of prayer.


"When there is little awareness of real need there is little real prayer."
~ Donald S. Whitney ~
Spiritual Disciplines For the Christian Life


My husband was leaving for London in less than two hours. We live forty five minutes away from the airport. How could I have misplaced his passport? We had literally torn the house apart all morning trying to find it. Panic set in. My husband, naturally, was quite upset with me. I had promised him that I would have him packed and ready to go. I failed.



I could see the clock ticking away. I was in tears. He had to leave in less than fifteen minutes if he was going to make his flight. I knew in my heart that I had put his passport in the top drawer on the right. I knew it. But it wasn't there. I feared the worst. Would my husband lose his job because of me?



I felt helpless and hopeless. I was ready to give up. I threw myself on the bed crying. As I lay there sobbing I thought of Philippians 4:6-7.



"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."



I remember thinking is it really okay to pray about something like this? I knew He would listen, but I felt like asking God to help me find the passport was taking away from the real needs of others. I pondered over the verse again and then begin to pray.



Lord, I know you know this already and I honestly don't know if I should be asking for this kind of help. I'm scared Lord. I've lost my husband's passport and I have no where else to look. I know You know where it is. Please God give me direction. Amen.



I continued to cry. Mainly because I was feeling sorry for myself. I didn't want my husband to be mad at me. I was scared for me. It was my fault. I went to my husband and told him I was sorry. He hugged me and said not to worry.



I stood in the middle of the bedroom still not sure what to do. I walked over to the chest of drawers and took out the top drawer completely. I bent down to take a peek and what do you know~I see the passport! That's when I REALLY let the tears flow. I immediately cried out, "Lord, you are so good to me. Thank you for allowing this to happen. I see now that You care about all our needs no matter how big or small they seem to us."



To me it's a miracle. I was healed that day, not from physical ailments, but from pride. Who was I to think that I can do anything on my own? God knows every detail of every situation. I have a desire to glorify Him in all I say and do. How am I to reflect His glory when I didn't even trust Him with my need?




I consider it a privilege being allowed to call on God anytime. I don't want the focus of my prayers to be on my needs, but rather honestly talking to Him and asking Him to guide my every step. There's no better place to be, but in the center of God's will.

10 comments:

Laurel Wreath said...

Praise God...God does take care of the little things, my teenager teases me because when driving into a parking spot I say "Ok, Lord help me find a place to park." =))

And I assume hubby made his plane =)

Meg said...

"How am I to reflect His glory when I didn't even trust Him with my need?"--Great quote! I loved reading this story of God's faithfulness and His loving care for all things in our lives. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Meg

Pearls of Wisdom said...

Praise the Lord he takes care and blesses all of our situations. I liked this part you wrote:

felt helpless and hopeless. I was ready to give up. I threw myself on the bed crying. As I lay there sobbing I thought of Philippians 4:6-7.



"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."


Thanks for sharing and may the Lord bless you this week and always.

In his endless love,

Angel ():)

Amy Grant said...

This is a great testimony and kudos to you for sharing it. God is wonderful and He is concerned with every aspect of our life.... including passports! ;o)

MiPa said...

Love the story. When we admit our need God can show His glory. Bless you for sharing.

Barb said...

First of all, Amy, congratulations on your Blogger Reflection Award. So well deserved. I've been given one too - just haven't had time to do my post yet.

Seocnd, this post moved me to tears. I'm like you. When I'm desperate and feel like I need to ask God's help, I always seem to just know that compared to so many others, my request is trivial. But I also know there is no such thing as a request too trivial. He does know every single detail. This was a beautiful post.

And your name is in the hat for the favor giveaway at my place. And no, your praying for Rob isn't going to cut any slack because EVERYONE prayed for him. LOL

xoxoxo
Barb

Kimmy said...

This post has caused tears to flow. I love hearing stories about answered prayers for things that we consider "insignificant" to God, but very significant to us. He hears. He answers. This was a great story. Hope your week is going better than last. Praying for you today.

Christine said...

God does take care of us. He's held my head up and kept our family safe, when I thought everything would start falling apart.
Beautiful story Amy, thanks for sharing.
Isn't always the thing we need is staring us in the face ready to bite our nose?? Glad you were able to find your husband's passport.
HUGS,
Christine
www.arewethereyetmom.com

pinkmommy said...

Wonderful story. Thanks so much for reminding me that God does care about even the tiniest of details!

Michelle said...

What an awsome post Amy! Proof that big or small, you can take your prayer requests, and needs, to the Lord!

This reminds me of a similar situation I had as a child. I was living with my grandparents for a brief time and we were in the living room. I remember I had a doll with me and then all of a sudden I just couldn't find it. It just wasn't there anymore. I looked all around the living room, the chair I was sitting in - everywhere - and it appeared it was just gone. My grandmother told me to pray to God and ask for his help in finding it. I did. I searched all around the chair again, and of course, there it was!