Gospel: John 6:27-40
Old Testament: Genesis 48:8-22
New Testament: Romans 8:11-25
Psalms: 66, 67, 19, 46
“Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard by prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!” (Psalm 66:16-20)
This past summer was traumatic for me. For the first time in my life, I was laid-off. I was terrified. My security was snatched from me. I was left with anxiety, self-doubt, and stress so severe that I believe it contributed to my bout with meningitis and a 4-day hospital stay in insolation. I was a mess.
Everyone was telling me to pray, and I told them I would… but I didn’t. I just didn’t. I guess I was angry with Him. If He loved me, why would He put me through this?
While lying in the hospital bed, I recalled a conversation I over heard my mom having with a friend. Mom was telling her how she found the church we were attending. She said she prayed that God would find us a home in a good neighborhood, close to schools that my brother & I could attend, and a Spirit-filled church – all within 5 miles of our home. She said He fulfilled her prayer request down to the last little bit. If God could do that for my mom, then I knew He could do that for me. So, I prayed. I prayed for a job I could really enjoy, that understood my family came first, within a 45 minute travel radius, and with co-workers who cared about each other, treated each other with dignity and respect, and who laughed a lot.
And you know what? He answered my prayer down to the last little bit. I truly enjoy my new job, my peaceful, 45 minute commute against traffic, and especially my co-workers, who are an amazing bunch of women. Now, I thank God every day that I was laid-off and forced to find something else.
Thank you, God, for knowing what’s best for me and for answering my prayers. Thank you for loving me enough to push me out of my secure comfort zone and on to a better place. Please help me remember that, no matter what, you love me and always want the best for your children. Amen.