Friday, October 22, 2021

FMF: Still

Before they call I will answer;
while they are still speaking I will hear.
(Isaiah 65:24, NIV)

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to participate in a five minute Friday writing session. To be honest, I’ve been struggling with energy, depression, and the ability to set aside enough time to write for even five minutes each week. But when I saw the prompt for today and thought about it in context of the verse above, I knew I needed to write. More than that I knew I wanted to write because I wanted to proclaim to anyone who might read this that God answers prayer.

It’s not a topic that I’ve often felt so strongly about. In fact, about two weeks ago I found myself confessing to a friend that even though I believe in prayer, my actions are such that it appears I don’t. Simply put, I don’t pray nearly as much as I want you.

A few days ago, on a dark, cold Monday morning, I found myself struggling to get out of bed and get ready for my class. I finally did, however, I didn’t realize I was running about 20 minutes late. I got in the car immediately and began to drive as quickly as I could to my school. As I drove my prayers were more than just a request that God would get me there on time. I believed that God would get me there at just the right time. In fact, I believe I uttered those exact words: I trust that You will get me there at the right time.

When I pulled up to class I was surprised to see everyone standing outside of our door. For reasons we did not yet know, the door would not open. The professor had called security to open it. When they were finally able to, we all discovered that maintenance had been doing work on the door and had removed the batteries from the keypad lock. Long before I even utter my prayers to God, He had set in motion events that would ensure I got to class at just the right time.

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  1. Y'all don't need to kneel and pray
    when you're staring down the gun,
    'cause that is really not the way
    that the Big Dude wants it done.
    If you want to be a Christian,
    it's harder and it's easier,
    kinda like when you are fishin'
    for a new non sequitur,
    a place when all your words of praise
    fade, compared to what you do,
    and what Ol' James says
    suddenly applies to you,
    and then you have to wrap your head
    'round faith without works being dead.

  2. I hear ya, friend! Sitting to write can be a real struggle. I pray you are able to do more of that and finding joy in the midst of it all! --- Blessings!

  3. I love those moments when you can so clearly see God!!

  4. God was at work even when you were unaware and those times are precious. I pray this morning that He would lift the cloud from you and fill you with a joy, His words, and assurance that He is with you!

  5. I like the visual image of everyone still standing outside of the door. It was an immediate clue that God had already planned an answer to your prayer before you even prayed.

  6. I totally understand! My prayer life needs a lot of help. Even then I can look back at times when God so clearly answered my prayers and it makes me wonder why I don't pray more often.

    And it's been a since I've participated in Five Minute Friday too. I slacked off over the spring and summer but since fall has arrived I am feeling renewed inspiration to get back at it. I'm looking forward to reading your posts!


  7. I can so relate to this post. It's kind of where I've been lately as well.
    Thanks for the testimony and reminder.
    Love that verse (which I haven't thought about for a while), and loved reading how God came through for you. God is so amazing.

  8. Wow! What a cool story and experience! ❤️