Our youngest 14 month old grandson had surgery (ear tubes) last week. We were concerned that he’d cry (well scream) when they took him from his parents to go to the operating room.
He’s usually more comfortable with men than women, except for his mom, so we prayed that a male would carry him back.
Here’s what my daughter texted while he was in surgery. “They took him back. A male anesthesiologist was holding him and he was happy. Praise the Lord!”
Sometimes suffering seems endless. Keep praying. Keep waiting. Our present sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).
The blessings of relationship, success, provision, and health are common themes of my prayers. So when I read this, I paused to think. “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered (Psalm 32:1).”
If forgiveness were our only blessing, that would be enough.
I cried out to the Lord. He heard me and opened the heavens. Thick clouds shielded the brightness around him.
He reached down and rescued me because he delights in me (from Psalm 18:6-19).
God’s Word, like the sun, gives clear-shining bright light for my path (from Psalm 119:105).
Reading the Bible shows us what to pray.
Long ago we caught a monarch caterpillar and watched it become a chrysalis and then a butterfly. Our youngest daughter had been too small to understand, so for years we looked and prayed that we would find one. We never did.
Then, late one summer, we noticed a monarch chrysalis on our front porch. The day we left for vacation my youngest daughter watched it emerge.
Now, every time I see a monarch butterfly I remember God’s kindness.
Learn to move men by God though prayer. ~ Hudson Taylor
To learn how God moves men, pray, then watch and wait.