I got back from New York City around 2 o’clock this afternoon. While momma was cooking dinner my spirit told me that I should go get a Dr. Pepper icee and that is just what I did. I got into my Ford Escape and drove myself over to the neighborhood OnCue (just a few blocks away) and got myself thirty-two ounces of one of my favorite drinks.
As I drove off and after taking the first sip of this Dr. Pepper deliciousness, I remembered that I never took the time to thank God for bringing my team and me home safely. While talking with the Lord about the trip and many of the things I was thankful for, our conversation made a transition once I backed into my driveway.
I began venting to God and sharing a frustration that I had been dwelling on for several days. At first I was just talking out loud and resting in the fact that I have a God who hears my prayers. This is so cool and so sweet to me! The God of this universe hears me. The King of kings and the Lord of lords hears me. My Maker, the One who knew me before I was conceived and the same One who formed me and knit me together in my mother’s womb, He knows me and all of my sin, and He hears me.
I eventually reached a point where I was unable to articulate what I was thinking, and at that time I remembered the truth found in Romans 8:26. Not only do I have a God who hears my prayers, but when I do not even know what to say, I also have a God who intercedes on my behalf. There are multiple times when I just do not know what to say. When a friend loses a loved one and I am praying for them, I often find myself at a loss for words and I claim this promise that the Holy Spirit really is interceding on my behalf, for me and for all who place their faith in Jesus.
I ain’t done yet.
The last few minutes of my prayer I just sat in silence. By I sat in silence, I mean that I was silent. God was speaking during that time.
When it rains here in Oklahoma City, water collects at the end of our driveway to form a pretty good-sized puddle. In this puddle was a bird. Although I have no clue what this bird was doing, he seemed to be having a pretty jolly time. I was drawn to this bird and just kept watching him as I sat in my Escape. I was thinking about how this bird did not have a worry in the world. He was just living life and then came a third reminder from God.
“Look at the birds of the sky: they don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” Matthew 6:26 & 33
God hears me. God intercedes for me. And God provides for me.
In the grand scheme of things, my frustration was pretty minimal. And that is exactly the point. The bird that was just chilling and bathing and drinking in that puddle. His existence in the grand scheme of things is way less important than me and my frustration. And even as unimportant as that bird is, God still provides for him. So not only do I rest in the fact that God hears me and intercedes for me, but I also rest in the fact that God will provide for me.
These three simple truths were a huge encouragement to me tonight. Hopefully this makes as much sense to you as it did to me.