There are things I hear that I do not respond to. If my students ask to go home early, I simply smile and say nice try. If I hear loud music in a car close to me, I turn up my worship music in my car to drown it out.
There are things I hear that I do respond to. When I hear a siren go by, I pray for the Lord to be with the responder and the person/people they are going to help. When my students ask a question because they do not understand something about English, I explain it for them.
Good parents seem to know when to respond. If a young child falls and cries for help, the parent picks them up and comforts the child. If a child is sick, the parent will do whatever they can to help the child. If a child is in danger, the parent will do anything to protect the child.
Have you experienced those moments when God hears you? When God responds to you?
This summer in my life has been one long moment of God responding to me. When I was sick in June and could barely do anything, which is part of living with autoimmune, he did not answer my prayer of please just take me home to heaven Lord I am done with this life. God heard what was really behind that prayer. He saw what was behind it and responded to the real need. Living with autoimmune means living with lifelong chronic problems and it can bring a person down mentally and emotionally.
God responded through one of my pastors in late June when he met with me. I had offered to resign my ministry because of the pit I was in. My pastor responded with, “No, this is medical. You will not resign.”
God responded by bringing people into my life who need help. He knows how I am wired. When I meet refugees who need help, it gets my attention.
God responded through acts of kindness by others such as people bringing me food, taking me out for coffee, and a big surprise earlier this month of my former group of young people from Vietnam that I had mentored and taught contributing to give me enough money to cover my bills for August.
As I think about how God responded, I think about Psalm 116:
“I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.”
God turns his ear to us. He hears us. He responds to the real need. He knows us and our situation better than we do.
Dear reader whatever you are going through, ask God for help. Don’t worry about having the right words, Don’t worry about making a mistake in prayer. God understands what is behind the prayer. God knows the real need. Romans 8 we see:
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”
While we pray, the Holy Spirit translates. God searches our hearts. He knows what we really need even if we cannot express it.
God knew what I really needed this summer. He brought me through it. I give him all of the credit, glory, thanks etc.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.