GOD IS LISTENING!

Last time I shared how God took care of a need that we were discussing even though we hadn’t prayed about it. That is something He has done repeatedly in our lives. It’s obviously encouraging when we pray and ask for something and He does it for us, but when He does things for us that we had only talked about amongst ourselves it stirs up some bitter-sweet sentiments… good bitter-sweet… like chocolate!

The bitter… sorry to say that there are many things I forget to talk to my Father in heaven about. But there are also some things that we mistakenly don’t think are worth wasting God’s time with because we think, “That will never happen.” But God has shown us over and over again:

Casting all your cares upon Him; for He cares for you. I Peter 5:7

But when our Father in heaven just goes ahead and does something for us without waiting for us to ask is OH SO SWEET! Initially I’m humbled because I realize I should have asked Him about it. But when He does things like that it is a sweet reminder that God isn’t some distant entity that is only connected to us by a ritual or a position that we must assume, but He is demonstrating that He is every bit and more a true “FATHER” to us. He delights to listen into His children’s conversations about their wishes, hopes, and dreams, and then chuckles and smiles as He devises ways to surprise us by making our desires come to pass. He desires to give His children awesome gifts:

If you then, although you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Matthew 7:11

God did this for us in a way that didn’t just affect our family, but brought our family together. Our daughters came as orphans to the Mission in 2000. They were normal 1 year olds growing up in a facility designed for disabled individuals, and their emotional and developmental needs were not being met. One day when we were discussing these challenges Corinne said, “I wish Jimmy (the director) would just say, ‘Why don’t you guys just have them come and live with you in your house,’” but we never prayed about it.

A month or two later we were meeting with Jim and his wife Julie to discuss these ongoing challenges. To our surprise Jim asked us, “What would you think about having them move in with you?” We were shocked, but we didn’t even have to pray about it. We knew right away that our Father in heaven had been listening in on our conversation and chuckled as He put Corinne’s very words in Jim’s mouth. We went on to adopt them, but those are all more amazing stories that you can read about on our website under our family’s story.

Be watching for the Lord. We can so easily miss Him. Taking the time to sit quietly, dare I say without your bible, without any songs playing, just listening for Him and meditating on what has happened in your day… you might just all of a sudden see that He was there.

The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.

It is good that one should hope for the salvation of the LORD, even in silence.

It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.

He sits alone and keeps silence because He laid it on him.

Lamentations 3:25-28

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